Curriculum Vitae (CV) & Resume Tips & Tricks

CV Step by Step

A Step By Step CV Guide

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) in general provides professional and academic outline of an individual. Its purpose is to highlight your personal details in such a way that you become the best possible candidate for a job post.

Possessing a competitive skill-set is not enough – the ability to convey and portray your skills in the best possible way to help you meet your goals is also very critical. CV is the first step in any job hunt. Build such a Curriculum Vitae that makes you stand out, just in the first screening.

It’s important to point out here that both CV and resume, although do serve the same purpose, are technically different from each other. A CV is a detailed description of you and your professional career, educational background, skills and interests. A resume, on the contrary, is a brief summary of your skills, experience and education. A resume is no more than a page and a half, while a CV should at least consist of two pages.

There are a few rules to be followed while designing a CV; it must contain relevant information. Following are some of the points that should be kept in mind while writing a CV:

  • Start With Personal Information

The first section of your CV should contain your particulars. Include your name, date of birth, contact numbers, email addresses and your residential address. Make sure, you don’t give any extra personal information unless asked for, as the employer has no interest in knowing your personal agendas.

Example:

PERSONAL DETAILS 

Name: Adam Campbell

Address:  Corporation Ltd, Xth avenue, B18 6NF

 Telephone: 0870 xxx xxxx 

Mobile: 0087 xxx xxxx

E-mail: info@cvsteps.com

  • Personal Statement

A personal statement isn’t compulsory; a better idea is to express why you consider yourself suitable for a certain position. A personal statement should be very brief and express your commitment and enthusiasm towards the organization’s professional goals.

For example, a personal statement for a coaching job at a cricket academy may be, ‘I’ve been playing professional cricket for long and have developed valuable skills during my career so far. Commitment and determination coupled with hard work is the key to become a successful sportsman. Trials and sacrifices have enabled me to develop perseverance skills that are very critical in the world of sports. Working for teams comprising of individuals belonging to different cultures and nationalities have improved my personal skills and equipped me to make considerable contribution towards the team and my personal goals related to the post’.

  • Work Experience

The work experience reveals past experiences and your relevance to the job requirements. One frequently asked question is to include your entire work experience or only the skills related to the post you are applying for. It’s best to write details of professional experience – related to the field you are applying for, i.e. if you’re applying for a job in an NGO, it is best to mention your experiences in community service and in other non-profit organizations.

For example, if you are a freelance writer and wish to apply for an ad hoc job; you can write:

Freelance Copywriter

Anderson Publications Inc. (2012)

  • Analyzing marketing documents for educational evaluation program

Writers for Hire (2011)

  • Copywriting of diet control exercises for a health related magazine.
  • Creating awareness in the target audience on nutritional supplements by conducting extensive research and study on the topic.
  • Explained the benefits of maintaining a balanced diet to the readers in a way that grabs their interest.

If you’re a fresh college graduate only having internship experience, you can mention your work experience as:

Marketing Intern

Hardcase Evaluation (2011)

  • Editing and critical evaluation of all the ads, flyers, posters and proposals of the marketing campaign
  • Achievements

Achievements and awards that you have received during the course of your professional career show your competency and how well you have performed during your career. Such things can stamp your impression on the employers’ mind, who may send your application to the next level.

In CV writing, achievements can be categorized in two ways. An award or a certificate that is achieved on a personal basis can be stated as:

  • Employee of the month for January 2012
  • Salesman of the year award 2012

Other achievements include the improvements that you have brought in the processes and operations in earlier jobs. Such accomplishments are usually quantified in terms of time or money saved and/or efficiency achieved. For example:

1.  Help the company to save @10 million per annum in operational costs by reducing the overhead and the variable costs by 10% and 12% respectively.

2.  Helped the company to radically improve its employee compensation plans, employee training programs and ensuring equipment security. This resulted in a 35% drop in the organizations compensation costs.

  • Education

This section includes all the formal education, you have acquired. You should also mention in your CV all the trainings and development programs that you have attended, relating to the job post.

Educational background of a mechanical engineer may be written in a Curriculum Vitae as:

EDUCATION BS in Electrical Engineering, February 2012
University of Illinois
Minor: Advanced MathematicsRELEVANT COURSES

  • Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Engineering
  • Graphics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Mechanical Components
  • Engineering Materials -II
  • Introduction to Dynamics of Machines

COMPUTER SKILLS
Operating Systems: UNIX, Windows XP DOS,
Programs: AutoCAD, Microsoft word, MS excel

If you’re currently attending training or a diploma, you can mention that as well i.e. General Educational Development Diploma, Currently Enrolled

  • Hobbies and Interests

Only mention those hobbies and interests in your CV that are relevant to the post. The employer is not interested in knowing whether you like to go to the cinema or socialize in various hangout spots.

It’s helpful if you mention the lessons you learnt from your interests and hobbies – lessons that can help you in your professional life.

An example can be:

Computing: Technological Know-how
Swimming: Physical fitness and good health
Puzzles: Analytical and problem solving
Football/Soccer: Team work

Read our CV Top 10 Tips Article here

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