Who said writing a CV was easy? No one, because preparing a Curriculum Vitae is a difficult and hands-on job. We all have to at some point of our lives sell ourselves to the companies that want to offer jobs. But how many of us can do it right? There might not be a perfect CV in the world but there are fool-proof ways of creating a good CV.
The first and foremost thing that you need to keep in your mind is the kind of job you are applying for. Your resume needs to be tailor made to the kind of job you are aspiring for. It should meet all the criteria and skills required for the vacant post. Remember you are advertising your qualities and only if they meet the ones the company is looking for will you be placed. Therefore focus on all those merits that the company will be ready to accept happily.
The next point that you must remember is the “more the merrier” concept does not work in this respect. You need to be concise when preparing your resume. Only the important information must feature there. No one wants to read your entire life history. Make sure only the necessary academic and professional details make it to the final CV. All those irrelevant workshops or exams you attended need not be written in the resume.
Ensure that your personal details are wide ranged and help you come across to your prospective employers as an open minded person. The personal experiences and skills should individually point out various professional qualities in you such as leadership, ambitions, excellence, etc. If you know different languages then it is an asset in every field.
Grammatical errors in a CV is a strict no-no. Your CV represents you and does all the talking. If it has spelling mistakes or syntactical errors then it gives a wrong impression to the interview board. You need to get the grammar right and be certain that the CV is neat and error free.
Lastly this one part is mostly ignored while preparing every CV. Honesty. It is free and does not need any hard work to practice yet most people tend to avoid it when writing their resume. Your skills, qualifications, experiences, views should be honestly reflected in your CV. You cannot cheat the employers. Someday or the other your lies will be filtered through their experienced eyes. Therefore it is best to keep it straightforward right from the beginning.
If you have got the science correct then blend in some artistry. These four points are important and need to be kept in mind while creating one’s CV. No matter how technically correct your resume might be but if they lack in these basic aspects then you are not doing it right. Keep altering and improving it.