CV writing, the Dos and the Don'ts
How do I compile my CV? Should I include this piece of information or not? Many a time, such questions will bother you and needless to say you will hunt for the answers. Writing a CV is a task that all of us will have to face at some point in our lives. However, to our disappointment, not many of our average applicants possess the skill of constructing one effectively. Sometimes it would be too detailed portraying every life event that ever happened and at others, it would lack even the basic information. So, how do you make your CV concise? What does it take to come up with a document that stands out in the pile? To answer these queries we have compiled the following rules of CV writing, to guide you through this readily solvable problem.
- A neat CV is an attractive CV
Remember, your CV is your very first impression. The more orderly and neat it is, the greater the chance of you standing out in the applicant pile. Employers value the efforts put into a well-constructed CV, so, including tables, proper headings, and a simple format are a great plus, are likely to gain you points and will definitely increase your chances of being the next employee to be selected.
- The Fonts
Many employees go overboard with this aspect of CV writing. What you need to understand is that your CV is an official document and not a toddlers drawing. Use standard fonts and avoid using multiple colors in the text. Keeping the document strictly formal without the use of fancy fonts will preserve the formal vibe of the document and make you look more professional.
- Make it tailored to the applied position
Your CV is an open opportunity to present yourself as the best-suited applicant for the job. For this, you need to get into the shoes of the hiring employer to see what he is actually looking for. You can then attempt to make each one of your qualities suited to fulfilling each requirement. This way you can make your outlook, to be the one applicant best suited for the job.
- Using positive language
Describe your achievement and yourself in a manicured way. Try to use strong words to explain your experiences. Implement words like, 'managed', 'co-ordinated' and 'motivated' to portray your sentences in a concise way. This enables you to incorporate a professional format in your document.
- Keep the employer in mind
When you construct your CV, it is an added plus to know what your employer wants. Constructing your curriculum vitae to suit them can gain you an added bonus.
- Highlight the important information
Try to present these top notch informative details inappropriate headings and make them appear at the very start so that whenever an employer takes a look at your CV, these highlights strike them at the first glance.
- Personal details on every age
Make it a habit to include your personal email address and your name on each page. This allows for easy access and makes your name pop too!
- Surf the net for Ideas
Prowl the net to look up the format of the basic document. This will help give you a basic idea of how to go about creating this document.
- Use your own words
Make your CV as personalized as you can. A document that is purely original stands out in a heap of copied profiles, and you can make this point work to your advantage.
Never handwrite your CV It has become old-fashioned to fashion your CV by hand. Never are you supposed to write a formal document by hand, especially a CV? The reason being that a hand constructed piece gives off a lack of effort. There is no structure, the neatness is not to the level of a typed document and there is an evident lack of professionalism. Type out your CV to give it the appropriate look.
- Construct lengthy CVs
Sometimes you can go to extremes to include the information and end up with a 3 or more page long Curriculum Vitae. It is important to avoid that. The trick is to cut down on the excessive parts and include only the most recent and relevant information. This will allow you to include all the varied bits and at the same time, the length of your document will not be a drag to read.
It is a common misconception that you can get away with falsely acclaimed abilities. This is not true. The employer is not someone to double cross. A simple check on your references or even 10 minutes of questioning can bring out who you really are. No doubt, it is far better to avoid the embarrassment and not lie altogether than to run the risk of being caught in the act.
- Include a photo
This can be a point of dispute among many applicants, however, most employers favor, not attaching a photo unless specifically required to do so. This allows a selection based on pure merit and leaves the appearance part to the interview. A useful tactic to filter employees, step by step.
- Talk bad of your previous employment
Never, we repeat, never, talk ill of your previous employers as this portrays a bad impression of you to the hiring company. Keep yourself positive and relate only the learning experiences of the job.
- Include the innermost details
Avoid putting in any details that could lead to discrimination. Don’t include your date of birth or your marital status. Exclude your race or any disability which you might have. Once you receive the interview call, all these details can come out at the right time.
- Inputting salary expectations
It is highly unprofessional to include the payment you expect. Trust us, it is better to avoid this topic altogether. There are going to be better times when you can discuss it.
In conclusion, there are many parts to the perfect CV and numerous ways in which things can go wrong. However following the above dos and don’t, you can hope to wade through these waters. Yes, you can't expect to come up with a flawless document at the first attempt, but practice is what makes you perfect! Keep going at it, tailor and edit, until you finally come up with the CV, describing you as concisely as possible!