How to write a CV?

How to write a CV?

A curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a Resume, as it also shows your skills that would be required for a new position. However, as compared to a resume, a CV is typically longer and more detailed. It contains a more detailed history of the candidate’s employment, education, skills, qualifications, personal information, as well as anything else that might be relevant to the job.

A good CV should not only be detailed but it should hold all the relevant information without being too long or too boring. A typical CV is about two pages long, but can be more or less if required.

There are many different formats that one can follow. One can start with skills first, or work experience, or with the education history. It is imperative that one start with which whichever is strongest suit for the person. For example, if the person is a fresher, then it makes sense for them to start with education history, ideally in reverse chronological order. However, if the person has done internships, then it would make sense to start with skills to highlight on job training, which would then be supported with education qualifications. On the other hand, if a person has a great and long history the industry then they should start with work experience and showcase their experience in the industry.

Regardless of this, the first step would be to brainstorm and short list what should be put into the CV. Basic categories include employment history, education history, skills and hobbies, as  well as a small descriptions about oneself. Once one knows what to include in the CV, the should write up a rough draft focusing primarily on what information can be and should be included. Don’t work so much about formatting or what should be excluded. If you think you can include something, some points which can be relevant list it down.

This was not an easy part, however, sadly this was not the only hard part either, which means you are far from done. The next step would be to go through the job description that you are applying for. It should be noted that a resume or CV should be tailored to each and every job you are applying for and it should change as per the job requirements. While is it okay to make one CV and reuse it every time, however it is often not recommended as creating a custom CV will have more of an impact, and is more likely to get you closer to the job.

In order to customize the CV, you should go through the job description and highlight the aspects which you think the company is looking for in the candidate. Look for the types of keywords used in the job description as well as how they describe the candidate and the skills they are looking for. Using this information, you are highlight similar information about yourself in your CV, so that you appear to be the ideal candidate. However, only highlight the skills that you do have, and not the skills that you don’t because lying is the worst, and you are likely to be immediately rejected if found out; even enough if they are polite enough to not say that to your face.  

After you have shortlisted what you want to put in your CV, do ahead and do it. Incorporate any and all relevant information from your previously complied list, and take care to highlight the qualities and skills that the company is looking for.

Include information about your hobbies and interests, but try to list hobbies that portray you as a team-oriented individual rather than as a solitary, passive person. Most companies like people who tend to take charge and are more likely to be goal oriented rather than the other option, even though there is no evidence that a solitary, passive person can do the job. Try to highlight skills and hobbies that would be relevant to the job or the position that is specified.

You should now have a rough draft of your CV. The next step would be to put all of this relevant information in a structured format which shows the most prominent and relevant information about you first, whatever that is, i.e. education qualifications, skills, or employment history. Ensure that you pick the format which will have the most impact, at least according to you. Remember to include a personal profile, which is optional, but does then to have a great impact as it humanizes you and tells the recruiter a little about yourself rather than just describe you as a set of keywords.

Last by not least, after you think you are done, go back and read through the CV. Ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes, Make sure that the CV, its layout and formatting all make sense, and that the CV looks clean and presentable. Once you have done that, give your CV to a friend that you trust to read through. Ask them for honest feedback, and take their feedback into consideration. Go back and implement any changes as required. You are done when you are satisfied with your CV. However, before sending it in, remember to pair it with a cover letter.

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