White space, often referred to as negative space, is a term used to describe open space between design elements. That is; the white area between a header and a paragraph, or different paragraphs, or line spacing all referred to as white space.
White space is an important layout technique and design concept which is often very hard to teach. How can I convince you that ’emptiness’, ‘nothing’, ‘blank’ and ‘negative’ can be things that are valuable and important on your CV?
Then I thought, wait a minute. A picture speaks more than a thousand words so let us demonstrate the effectiveness of using white space in design:
Good use of white space
Limited use of white space:
Which of the two CVs looks more appealing to you?
Most people would say the first example.
The correct use of ‘white space’ can be a critical factor for the presentation of your CV. Some of the benefits are:
Okay, we have discussed what white space is and its benefits. So how do we practically employ the use of white space? The answer:
Any of the above-mentioned aspects of CV writing can be optimised to make full use of white-space.
Important note: some people, so extremely impressed by our article above, will go away and hand in a CV that is half empty! Please do not overdo the use of white space, it will make you look like someone who hasn’t got much to say or hasn’t done much in his life! Find the balance, and you’ll see the magic.