A Curriculum Vitae, Latin for ‘course of life’.
When we are hunting for an internship or job the only chance for us to be an eye-catching applicant is our CV. The idea of making a good CV can surely scratch your head, but no worries you are not alone!
The foremost important thing before writing your resume is, you should understand what the organization is demanding from you a CV or a Resume. By cutting it short, a CV includes everything starting from your academic diary to your experiences, awards, publications, and so on while on the other hand, a resume is just a one or maximum two page summary of your experiences and related things to the job/internship you are applying to.
An HR manager will hardly take less than 15 seconds to form an opinion about your candidature after seeing your vitae.
Your CV is a profession street map that allows you to perceive and deal with any gaps in your experience and to reply to possibilities which could arise all at once. The goal of your CV ought to be “to present a personal history of one’s education, professional records and activity qualifications with a robust emphasis on precise competencies relating to the placement implemented for”.
Bear in mind, a great CV ought to make it easy for the recruiting frame to determine whether you’ve got the considered necessary skills and enjoy for the put up. Ensure that before you submit your CV, you have shaped your talents and experience written in it, to the applicable individual specification for the post you’re making use for. The person specification is the criterion in an effort to be used to determine who’s shortlisted for interview. Your CV is a stepping stone to being invited for interview, wherein you may have the opportunity to difficult in more detail for your profession to date.
Employers and managers are so busy in their schedule that they don’t have time to read your lengthy CV ( personally I have seen 15 pages CV) so better to keep it concise and add only valuable experiences that you feel might help the organization in their growth.
Another problem that arises is for a length of CV for persons who have a good amount of experience. A golden thumb rule is to cut short your CV for 2 pages as it is an identical length for a good CV obvious you may cross it depending upon the nature of the job.
Accomplishments such as awards, research opportunities, and club involvements can all be valuable assets on your CV.
Avoid stable blocks of text—it’s far higher to present your skills and revel it in a given segment as bullet points instead of paragraph after paragraph of stable text as this may be off-placing and daunting to the reader. The goal of a good CV is to make your experience and achievements soar off the page.
Do not fabricate or enhance any facts—Your CV is a statement of reality, and if it’s miles located to include records this is untrue you will at the very least lose out for your software possibilities and at worst land in critical problem with the general medical Council.
Easy on the attention—avoid using differing fonts and formatting in every section (including bold, underlining, and italics) as this may draw attention away from what subjects the maximum to your CV—the content. Use the equal font at some point of (I endorse using times New Roman or Arial) and maintain formatting to a minimal.
Scrap the personal statements like ‘I am confident, trustworthy…’ barely anyone reads it. Much better to start that ‘I have a strong inclination towards…’ or ‘I aspire to become XYZ…’ Any mistake especially in the academics part may show you directly a red flag. Much better always mention accurate details as many of the organizations go for background checks and certificates authentication.
The next difficulty comes in choosing a design for CV. It should be as simple as much as possible. Although the design is a secondary thing but still too much of the hanky-panky designs create a bad impression on the organization. It is always suggested to keep a simple straight black border instead of a broader one.
It’s a good trick to tailor out your CV every time according to the need of the organization as every firm has its different demands and expectations. Try to avoid sending the same CV to every organization.
Last but not the least, to stand out in amidst in thousands of applications don’t forget the basic details: avoid spelling and grammatical errors (a pair of fresh eyes will surely help you), accuracy, brevity, typological errors ( don’t just rely on spell and grammar checks), address and most importantly your emailing address and contact details (imagine you are selected and you have send wrong contact details..), with all the details always double-check it.
So now, before sitting to make your CV you can surely say with us that ‘CV is no more a scary job to do.’ Keep your CV with full confidence.
About The Author
Somya is a fourth-year law student at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. An ace debater and mooter, her work across multiple disciplines broadly addresses narratives of human experience. Apart from academics, Somya is a legal content writer and legal journalist for various firms. She strongly believes knowledge which is not shared becomes mouldy and decayed.