Tip To Create Attractive CV
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is quite simply an advertisement to
sell yourself to an employer. The main
purpose of your CV is to make you attractive, interesting, worth considering to
the company and so receive a job interview. An employer may have several hundred
enquiries about a single job. Therefore, your CV must be as good as you can make
The terms ‘Curriculum Vitae’ and ‘Resume’ are generally
interchangeable. But, they do differ in many ways. While both are lists of the
most relevant information of a person seeking a job, there are a few basic
differences. While the CV represents in-depth and structured information about
the professional experience and qualification of a person, the resume usually is
the same thing in a short form.
CV is the most accepted form for job applications all over
the world. The resume, on the other hand,
is the most accepted form for job applications in USA. The CV is used in USA
exclusively for jobs in academics.
A CV should be well laid-out and printed on a good quality
printer. You should use bold and/or underline print for headlines. Do not use
lots of different fonts and sizes.
Before submitting your CV do not forget to spell-check/proof-read. This is
Also, make sure you include all the information about yourself that will help
the recruiter to consider you as a potential candidate. Remember the principle:
“If they did not hear it, you did not say it”.
Picture yourself to be a busy manager in the employer’s
office who has to read through hundred of CVs in half an hour and select the
best from them. Thus, your CV must be precise, easy to read and attractive.
After you have written your CV get someone else to look at it. What you have
written may seem simple and obvious to you, but not to other person (and
ultimately an employer). Go through it again and again and refine it to make it
short, easy to read, attractive and error-free.
Preparing to write your CV:
Sit down with a piece of paper. Look at the job that you are
applying for. Consider how your skills, education and experience compare with
the skills that the job requires. How much information do you have about the
Sometimes employers do not give enough information. Ask for
more detail if needed. Spend time
researching detail about the job that interests you and information about the
employer—their structure, products, successes, and approach from their own
publicity, reports and publications, as well as newspapers and internet.
Information to include in your CV :
Personal details: Name, home address, college address, phone
number, email address. Do you have your own web homepage? Include it if it’s
Education: Give places of education where you have studied. Most recent
education should be listed first. Include subject options taken in each year of
your course. Include any special project, thesis, or work.
Pre-college courses should then be included, with grades.
Subjects taken and passed just before college or during college will be of most
interest. Earlier courses, taken at say age 15-16, may not need much detail.
List your most recent experience first. Give the name of your
employer, job title, and very important, what you actually did and achieved in
that job. Part-time work should also be included in your CV.
Employers will be particularly interested in activities where
you have undertook leadership role or a responsibility, or which involved you in
relating to others in a team. A hobby such as coin-collecting may be of less
interest to them, unless it connects with the work you wish to do.
Give only enough detail to explain. (If you were captain of a
sports team, they do not want to know the exact date you started, how many games
you played, and how many wins you had! They will ask this in the interview, if
they are interested.) If you have published any articles, jointly or by
yourself, give details.
If you have been involved in any type of volunteer work, do
include the details.
Ability in other languages, computing
experience, or possession of a driving licence should be included in your CV.
Usually give two names—one from your place of study, and one
from any work place. Or, if this does not apply, then an older family friend who
has known you for some time should be given as a reference. Make sure that
referees are willing to give you a reference. Give their day and evening phone
numbers if possible.
Maybe all you need to say will fit onto one
sheet of A4. But do not crowd it and layout your CV with reasonable line-spacing
and white spaces around. No harm if your CV takes two A4 sheets. Do not normally
go longer than this. Put page numbers at the bottom of the pages—a little detail
that may impress.
There are two main styles of CV, with variations within them.
Information is included under general headings— education,
work experience, etc., with the most recent events first.
You think through the necessary skills needed for the job you
are applying for. Then you list all your personal details under these skill
headings. This is called ‘targeting your CV’, and is becoming more common. Do
take advice on how to do it best.
When sending in a CV or
job application form, you must include a
covering letter. The purpose of the letter is:
To make sure that the CV arrives on the desk of the correct
person. Take the trouble to telephone, and find the name of the person who will
be dealing with applications or CVs, and address your letter, and envelope, to
that person by name. (In a small company, it may be the managing director. In a
medium size company, it may be the head of section/department. Only in a large
company will there be a Personnel or Human
Clearly say what job you are interested in. If you are
sending in a ’speculative’ CV hoping that they may have work for you, explain
what sort of work you are interested in. Do not say, ‘I would be interested in
working for ABC Ltd’, but say ‘I believe my skills equip me to work in the
product development department/accounts
Start your letter with an underline heading giving the job
title you are interested in. (If you saw the job advertised, say where you saw
To apply for some jobs, the employer will send you an
application form. You should still use a covering letter, and send your CV also
unless told not to. Application forms need as much care to write as CVs.
Keep copies of all letters, applications forms, and CVs sent,
and records of telephone calls and names of those you spoke to.
The main features of the CV, in brief, are:
* CV is a list of all your achievements until the date you
are submitting it, presented in reverse chronological order (i.e. the latest
* A CV is ideally two pages in length, though it can sometimes go up to three to
* CV should include everything that you have done and can be classified as work
outside the home—whether paid or unpaid; hence, it is okay if the Curriculum
Vitae contains voluntary and honorary positions and work done in such positions.
* The CV structure should be very systematic and is generally drawn in a
* A CV is normally accompanied by a cover letter,
which summarizes what it contains and points out the match of the applicant with
* A resume is a
precise and very brief document representing at-a-glance your key skills and
* A resume should not be longer than one page, unless in rare exceptions.
* A resume would contain of only what is strictly relevant to the job applied
and nothing else—it is more important to have all the
information contained within one page.
* A resume should highlight your skills and achievements above all other things.
* A resume is usually presented without a cover letter because the main reason
you are submitting the resume is fast processing; a cover letter would defeat
A resume usually can be written in three very different
styles – (i) Chronological resume—whereby your skills and main achievements are
listed by date starting with the most recent ones first, (ii) Functional
resume—whereby your skills and experience are more highlighted than anything
else and (iii) a combination of both—whereby both skill and achievements are
Do not ever falsify information, or give any misleading
information to an employer under any circumstances whatever. It’s illegal, it’s
self destructive, and it’s just plain stupid. Do not put yourself in a position
where your statements can’t be trusted. Only give verifiable information, and do
not exaggerate. Quality of information is what really matters on any CV. Keep it
real, at all times.
Good Luck Friends.. :)