How to write a good CV - tips and samples
CV is the most important document of one’s career. Writing a good CV takes a lot of effort but once it is done satisfactorily, your road to job hunt becomes much easier.
In this article about writing an effective CV, we will try to answer some of the questions which would help you in understanding the purpose and process of CV writing. Once you have understood these two things well, the road to CV writing and job hunting will become much easier.
What is a CV?In CV in layman's terms can be called as your marketing brochure through which you are trying to sell your skill set to a potential employer.
What is the purpose of a CV?The purpose of your CV is to fetch you an interview call. Nothing more, nothing less. If you have got an interview call based on your CV, it has done its job well. Now it is for you to deal with the interview in a proper way to secure the job. A CV can not get you a job. It is only you who can get yourself a job which you always aspired for.
Who should write your CV?Many of us rely on our father, brothers, sisters, friends, consultants and the big boss internet to write our CV. However, you must understand that the only person who knows yourself the best in this world is you. So, it is you and only you who can do the job of presenting yourself in the best way. Write your CV yourself. Offcourse, you can show it to others for a feedback from the reader's point of view.
When should you write your CV?If you are reading this article, it means either you have already written your CV and finding ways to improve it. If you have not done that already, you are ready to write a CV. So, sit down at the first possibly opportunity you get to write your CV.
A good CV can not be drafted in one sitting. Drafting and re-drafting is the key to a good CV. You will have the time to think over your CV and re-draft it only if you write it well on advance. If you sit to write a CV just an evening before you have to apply for a job, there are high chances that you will not be satisfied with the document yourself.
What are the advantages of writing a CV?When you write a CV, you think a lot over your candidature, skills, strengths and weaknesses. This process of thinking helps you in predicting some of the most possible interview questions and gives you a chance to find their answers.
Here are some tips to write an effective CV
Keep it neat,Keep it small,Write short and crisp sentences,Start with contact details,Provide a career summary,Work experience is more important than qualification,Educational qualifications,Avoid un-necessary details,Avoid abbreviations,Use more impactful words,Emphasize at right place,Check for spellings and grammar,Avoid using "I"," my" in your CV...
12 things recruiters do not like to see on a CV
Colorful or glossy paper and flashy fonts,Resume or CV on the top,Photographs until asked,Usage of ‘I’, ‘My’, ‘He’, ‘She’,Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors,Lies about your candidature,Abbreviations or jargons that are difficult to understand,Reasons for leaving the last jobs,Any past failures or health problems,Current or expected salary,Irrelevant details,References...