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Some people say that writing a CV is an art, while others say that is it nothing but an organized technique, a pattern of writing in catchy style that can be mastered with a little study and practice. But you will have to break the ice first by making the first move, which is to start writing it down.
You have heard it many times, and have seen many CVs and may think that you know it all. However, it’s best to know it from the scratch once again to build a fresh and clear concept of CV writing.
What should be included in your CV:
CV means curriculum vitae, which summarizes these points:
- Your introductory information and contact details
- Your achievements and skills
- Your objective
- Your past job experiences
- Projects completed by you
- Your studies and degrees
- The professional courses you have undergone
All of this information needs to be arranged in an organized manner, where relevant information is provided by a catchy style to attract attention of the employer and yet care is taken not to use too much of unnecessary filler words to elongate the CV, then the document can be deemed perfect to grab the right attention and possibly the job.
Presentation style and length of the CV:
Length of the CV is one prime factor, and if you are not a very highly experienced person at the top of an organizational hierarchy, then you ought to complete your CV within just two A4 pages. That is the anticipated length of a CV in general. Now, while starting to plan and compose the CV, you must plan the contents and segments accordingly to fit the anticipated length. Take care not to elongate the CV, as this may not give a positive impression and look like a proliferating attempt from your side.
Also, do not use small fonts or tight spacing to increase content within the paper’s space. That too would be exhausting for the employer to read, and small fonts may prevent important details from getting attention. It is best to use legible font styles like Arial or Times New Roman and use spacing around important lines and details to help eyes go to them. Also, the use of bullet points in writing will make detail easy to pick out, organized and prominent.
The introduction and contact details:
When you are writing your introduction, it should be kept short yet catchy, where you specify your goals and objectives in a confidantial tone. Avoid over emphasizing on your belief and motto, and rather concentrate on the use of emphasizing words that are easy to read yet have a professional look.
You can add your contact details either after the introduction, or right after your name at the top of the CV. You can also add them in a postal style at the top right of the CV in a box, or may include them at the end of the CV too.
Experience or Qualification — which one should be mentioned first:
It’s your choice whether you want to specify your work experience first or your studies first. Still to impress your employer, it’s better to specify those details which are stronger for you. Like, if you were very good at studies, then you can mention your academics first. Also, if you are a fresher or have very little work experience you should put your academics first. But if you have a strong, experienced background, then it would be perfect to put your work experiences and past organizations’ details prior to your academic qualifications.
A Pattern of data organizing:
Use short paragraphs and bullet points wherever possible to keep data organized. Bullet points make the data organized and helps eyes move on to every detail without getting bored or tired. Also, short paragraphs make reading easy, and let you emphasize on separate points better.
Skills and Achievements:
Make a separate section for achievements if you have successfully completed projects in your academic or working career, and have accomplished several goals in your past. Also specify your professional skills like team handling, spreadsheet management etc, if any, in your CV.
Specifying achievements and skills would give the employer a clear idea of your abilities. However, do not write what you can do, rather, write things that you have done. Employers won’t want to know what you can do, and would rely mainly on the facts and records of what you have already accomplished.
Professional training and courses:
Dedicate a section for only mentioning professional courses that you are undergoing or have completed. These would add to the weight of the CV. Also mention completed professional projects and trainings if any.
Some other points to keep checking on:
Besides checking for all these points, also check that your CV is free from spelling and grammar errors. If any spelling or grammar error is found, it would hamper your impression badly.
Also keep in mind that your CV will not fit for all jobs you are applying. Based on job or domain preference, employer preference, and area preference, your CV will have to be modified accordingly, so that it suits the needs and gets the needed attention.