the article 12 things your CV should not have we discussed the common
errors applicants make when drafting their CVs or resumes. Following the article
we received a large number of queries from readers, asking what information
should they include in their CV, to make it impressive.
article is an attempt to help the readers design an impressive and user-friendly
CV. If you ensure that you include this information in your CV, the chances of
it meeting the interviewer's expectations are increased.
Begin with name and contact details
Make this information available at the beginning of
your CV. This should include your postal address, phone number (preferably
mobile number) and e-mail address (only one). If a company wants to call you for
an interview or needs to communicate with you for any further information, they
will look out for this information. If it is buried somewhere inside the CV it
will not only put them off but also reduce their chances of contacting you.
Write an appealing career summary
This is your chance to bring
forward relevant strengths and skills to the recruiter. Everything in
your CV should support your Career Summary. If there's anything that doesn't
support your Career Summary, you should reconsider listing it.
should write your Career Summary around your skills, attitude, knowledge and
experience. There are two schools of thought on writing the career statement.
people think that it should be a short 30-40 word paragraph while others give it
liberty to be covered in 4-5 bulleted points. Whatever you decide on, ensure
that everything relevant that you want to sell to the prospective employer is
covered here. At the same time, it should not become nauseating.
Focus on your work experience, responsibilities and achievements
If you are an experienced candidate, your work
experience is your main asset. Include the details of the relevant jobs you have
done in the past. You should present your work experience in a chronologically
descending order ie the last company first.
should include the name of the company, your designation and tenure followed by
your job responsibilities and achievements. It is always better to present this
information in bulleted format rather than a clumsy paragraph. Mention some
figures when you talk about your achievements.
Worked as Business
Development Manager for XYZ Company from June 2000 to January 2004.
up 7 franchisees across 4 countries
the business from existing customers to the tune of $ 200,000
Your next asset is your educational qualification
qualifications play an important role in the recruitment of freshers. If you are
a fresh candidate, focus your CV on your qualifications and achievements during
your student life.
Write about your out-of-work achievements, interests and hobbies
These reflect your
personality and skills. Present the relevant achievements in the order of
priority ie the most important achievement first. Similarly, present your
interests as well. Write about the achievements that display a facet of your
personality. For example, if you have been the president of your college, do
mention it. It shows your leadership skills.
Write short sentences with more impactful words
Lengthy CVs put the
recruiter off. Keep the sentences short and use words that demonstrate your hold
of the situation like managed, arranged, supervised etc.
Formal font faces
A font like Verdana-10 should be
good for the content while the Name at the top can be written in Verdana-12,
with a bold font face.
Use the same tense through out the CV.
Changing the tense in every second line leaves the reader confused and
put together both the articles ie 12 things your CV should not have and 8
things to make an impressive CV. Draft and re-draft your CV keeping the
points mentioned, till you are satisfied that you have presented the facts in
the most impressive and convincing way.