A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is a written overview of a person’s, experiences and qualifications for a job opportunity.
It contains a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous occupations, experience and is sent with a job application.
More than just a typical formal job application a CV is a marketing tool that job seekers use to communicate their value to the employers.
It tells the reader about you, your professional history, skills, abilities, and achievements briefly.
A resume is a two or maximum three-page document used by a person to present their background and skills.
It can be used for a variety of reasons but the most often it secures new employment.
TIPS TO WRITE A CV OR RESUME
1. Name, professional title and contact details
You have to start your CV with your personal information that includes your name, profession, skills/expertise you can provide to the company, your contact details that how they can contact you, for example, your mobile number, email, etc.
2. Personal statement
- You have to give the brief personal summary to the prospective employer which helps in making you apart from the competition.
- Describing that why you are the perfect one for the programme you are applying for.
3. Format your CV wisely
- Use the logical format and wide margin, clean type and clear headings.
- Use bullets to call attention to the important parts
- Apply bold and italic writing that help guide the reader.
4. Experiences and the employment history
- Outline all jobs, internships and work experiences you have.
- When listing each title start with your job title, the dates you worked on and the one line summary of your role.
- Mention your skills and achievements.
5. Education and qualifications
- Have your education and qualifications you have
- The name of the institute, duration in which you were there and grades you achieved from that institute.
6. Up to date details
- Give your up to date contact details, so that they can easily contact you.
7. What not to include
- Not every job or experience should be included in your CV.
- Only add jobs you have had in last 10-15 years.
8. Additional section
- There is a portion of additional section in the CV.
- It may strengthen your CV and highlights your skills.
- If you feel that your CV is lacking, you can add your hobbies and interest section at the end.
- You can include a line at the end in which you can write the references available.