career-advice

Make Your CV Line Spacing and Margin Size Perfect

Matt Glodz
Make Your CV Line Spacing and Margin Size Perfect

The best ways to format the spacing and margins on a CV (and why)

When you’re competing against hundreds of other applicants, minor details matter.

Your margins and spacing should be perfectly aligned and consistent.

Issues with margins and spacing on your CV are problematic because:

1) They signal carelessness and lack of attention to detail to recruiters

2) They can cause your content to print incorrectly

3) They can make your content harder to read

We’ll explain exactly how to quickly adjust your CV's margin size and spacing to make them neat and consistent.

How wide should your CV's margins be?

The ideal CV margin size is anywhere from 0.5 inches to 1 inch.

We recommend 0.5-inch margins all around your document for most experienced professionals.

By decreasing Microsoft Word’s default margin size, you’ll be able to fit more information onto the page.

You’ll also be able to add more spacing between each of your sections, making them less cluttered and easier for your readers to process.

We don’t recommend going any smaller, as this can cause your document to print incorrectly.

How do I adjust my CV's margin size?

To adjust your margins in Microsoft Word, simply click Layout - Margins - Narrow in your toolbar.

You can find detailed instructions straight from Microsoft at this link.

Easy enough!

How much spacing should I use between CV sections?

When it comes to line spacing, there are two simple but important principles to keep in mind:

1) The spacing between each main section should be consistent

Your CV should already be divided into main sections such as Work Experience, Education and Professional Development, for example.

The amount of spacing between and after each of these section headings needs to be exactly the same.

Do not apply 10pt before one section heading as 12pt before another, for example! The difference is small but noticeable.

We advise using anywhere from 8pt to 12pt of space after each of your main sections.

By leaving a bit of space, you’ll build some “breathing room” into your CV.

You don’t want all of your content to be jammed closely together.

If you’re struggling to fit everything onto the page and your margins are already at 0.5 inches, you’ll be better off cutting out unessential information instead.

After all, your CV should serve as a highlight reel of your main accomplishments and responsibilities – not an exhaustive listing.

2) The spacing in between each subsection should be consistent

The same reasoning applies to your subsections.

Your Work Experience section will be divided into the individual positions you held.

After the last bullet point for each position (right before you go into the next role), you should have the same amount of space.

Note that the spacing between your major sections should be equal to or greater than the spacing for the subsections.

How do I format the line spacing on my CV?

To adjust line spacing, click onto the line you would like to adjust spacing after.

Then, select Home - Paragraph - Spacing and input the desired amount.

For more detailed instructions, click here.

Remember that you can also “copy and paste” your formatting using the format painter functionality.

In Summary

It shouldn’t take you too long to adjust your margins and spacing, but taking the time to do so will make your document appear that much more polish and professional!

As we said, details matter.

When it comes to your job search it’s worth putting your absolute best foot forward to position yourself for success in a difficult job market.


About CV Pilots

CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing firm and a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

As a professional services firm, we take your reputation seriously. We are committed to delivering writing excellence and superior service while operating with integrity and discretion. Recruitment firms we partner with also trust us to consistently deliver quality documents for their clients.

Our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have strong writing backgrounds coupled with industry experience.

Here's how we can help you:

CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing Services: If you are looking for end-to-end support, hire one of our professional CV writers to rewrite your documents from the ground up. 

Executive CV Template Downloads: If you plan to prepare your own CV, consider using one of our classic, ATS-friendly CV templates for Microsoft Word.

To learn more about our services, book an introductory call with our founder here or email team@cvpilots.co.uk.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked for global companies, where he noted that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over 10 years.

He has been quoted on numerous business and career-related topics in outlets including Business Insider, CNBC, Fortune, Glassdoor, The Ladders, The Times and Thrive Global.



Related Articles

Cover Letter vs CV: What Can Cover Letter Explain That CV Can’t?
Cover letters tell the story behind the facts on your CV. They can add value to your application by elaborating on relevant experiences, building a case for why you are a top candidate, tailoring your application to a specific role and explaining extenuating circumstances.
Read More
How to Add Metrics & KPIs to Your CV [Free Tool]
What are important metrics to put on your CV? Recruiters want to see measurable results and KPIs. We outline CV metrics and KPIs related to sales and revenue, profitability, costs, people, marketing, partnerships, performance, operations and data analysis.
Read More
How Much Do Professional CV Writers Charge?
How much do CV writing services cost? Should I pay someone to write my CV? CV writing services vary widely in price, and their cost tends to reflect the level of service and quality you are likely to receive as a client. We explain why the investment can be worth it.
Read More