What makes your CV effective ?
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What makes your CV effective ?
- CV should have a great format and layout, which makes it easier to read.
- Bullet points and short sentences appropriately used.
- The CV should be fully tailored to the job the candidate is applying for.
- A minimal amount of colour and design is used to improve the CV’s visual appeal.
- It should include all the information a standard CV should contain.
- The same format for dates is used throughout the sections.
- At first glance, this CV should not look very generic, dull and boring.
- It should not be poorly written and badly structured.
- The CV should not contain vague statements which are not supported by real-world examples.
- The CV should not contain too much irrelevant and/or outdated information.
Writing a good CV
Personal profile statement
Hobbies/Interests in brief
Date of birth/Sex
The Heading of a CV should be the candidate’s full name written in large, bold letters and centred on the page. Contact number & mail id alongwith your brief address should be thesre on left side. Gender, date of birth are optional. Your professional look picture will add to the appeal.
Personal Profile Staement
A personal profile is a short statement that tells the employer about your personal skills, qualities, experiences and career ambitions.
The personal profile needs to be punchy and should outline the candidate’s personal qualities as they relate to the role they are applying for.
The achievements section, as the name suggests, contains a short list of impressive achievements or accomplishments impressive achievements or accomplishments that are a testimony of your skills, abilities, determination and desire to be successful. The point of this section is to impress the employer with key facts or figures, not ambiguous statements.
- The education section contains brief information about your education and qualifications background. The entries in this section need to be in chronological order (i.e. most recent first). As a rule of thumb, anything that does not strengthen or add value to one’s application should be omitted.
Employment and work history
The employment and work experience section of your CV contains information on your previous jobs and work history. Employers are particularly interested in this section because relevant work experience is highly valued and usually an essential requirement for many jobs.
The following four details are required for each entry: name of the company worked in, start and end dates (month/year format), job title, and main duties performed.
- The candidate should omit irrelevant or otherwise insignificant work experience. Having worked as a cleaner in 2000 will not make the candidate a better IT professional in 2019.
- The entries are poorly formatted and aligned. The presentation of the information (i.e. layout and structure) is equally important as the content!
In the skills section, you should include a list of your key skills and abilities that will enable you to do the advertised job well. Remember, only include skills that are relevant, transferable and add value to your application.
- The items on the list should not be vague and preferably backed up by examples from real-life situations! It should not give the impression that the candidate has just listed a bunch of skills just for the sake of listing them, without actually possessing these skills.
- It is recommended to make entries in this section specific and descriptive
Hobbies and interests
- You should use the hobbies and interests section of your CV to demonstrate that you’re a well-rounded person who is engaged in extracurricular activities and the community. Avoid listing too many hobbies.
The references section is the final part of your CV containing the contact details of two people who know you well, have worked with you before and who can vouch for you to the employer.
If you decide not to include references on your CV, you can simply write “references available upon request.”