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How to write a CV that matters is the buzzing issue for many final year students. Many students just manage a format or collect some headings & fill it up with their own information but end of the day is not satisfied.
There is a lack of knowledge in this area for many. The Internet offers plenty of samples of CV but I strongly believe the CV should be written with personal care & thoughts & expression.
So, how to write a CV, let’s get into this:
A CV is a document that contains all the credentials of a person. It holds the educational background, experiences of jobs, skills & hobbies, etc. it is prepared with a lot of care & attention because, in absence of a person, it is that document which represents a person.
CV encapsulates a person’s qualification & achievements in the form of a formal document. A CV is used for job purposes mainly. The uses include –
A CV generally has the following parts:
In this section, there will be discussion on how to write a CV for each of the parts or contents pointed above. So here it is:-
A CV has to start with the name, contact details that must include contact number & email ID along with mailing address. It is better to make the email id ‘hyperlinked’ because it becomes easier for the recruiters to communicate right away. The top of the CV should contain this with center alignment as it looks good.
There should be a colored, recent, clear & formal passport size picture attached at the right corner of a CV.
The career objective is a key part of the CV, a lot of success depends on the way it is written. The career objective should be written in a simple way with solid words that will connect to the requirement of the organization directly or indirectly. It is advised to avoid technical words unless essential. A career objective should be within three lines at best. The basic point is to make things clear without sounding preachy & artificial.
The prime part of a person’s CV is the educational qualifications. While writing it, the basic things to consider are:
The job experience is the most important area to focus for the recruiters when experience is required & so it is crucial to write this portion systematically. The basic things to follow are:
Students have to complete assignments or research papers during their graduation or post graduation period.
Sometimes when the subject matter clicks with the likings of the student, the assigned term paper is being generated with full honesty & passion that contains many inputs from real life scenarios. It can be added to a CV which will indicate the expertise of the student or the job seeker.
The basic rules to write this portion are:
The hobby or interest of a student or job seeker also impacts as it helps understand the person better. It is wise to write it using bullet points. The hobbies related to the development of personality are the best options to include instead of those that do not actually carry weight. For example – gossiping or chatting could be a hobby but it is better to avoid it & put another in a place like – experimenting with new ideas or places.
Training & workshops or seminars are some important activities in student life that are engaging, educative & eye opener at the same time. These things too must be included in the CV maintaining some order like:
This part should be written with bullet points. There should be one line for a skill or strength. Four to five skills essential & relevant to the job market & the job post are to be enlisted in this section. Skills can be categorized as:
An example of putting skill can be – “adept at understanding human psychology” or “collecting required information within a short period of time” or “convincing people to the desired direction.” Etc.
References should be there at the later part of a CV. by reference, a designated person is meant who can endorse the job seeker.
So, while you are preparing your CV, it is advised to make someone your reference who knows you better & can share your qualifications to the recruiters when they call to be confirmed. Some rules to follow would be:
There has to be a line from the candidate that the information put in the CV is all authentic & no manipulation has been there. A CV has to hold the signature of the candidate. In case of a soft version of CV to mail someone, a scanned signature has to be used after the declaration of facts’ authenticity.
How to write a CV will get easy if these steps can be practiced. If you need any help or tips, you are most welcome to contact the author.