July 1, 2022 12:31 pm
Hello, dear readers welcome to the Blog Section of our Website. This blog contains everything that you need to know on how to write a compelling CV. Before writing a good CV , It is really important for us to understand the definition of a CV .
What is a CV?
A CV or Curriculum Vitae (which is latin for “Course of life”) is a document detailing a person’s career, qualifications and their education. A shorter version of a CV is known as resume which is commonly used in North America. In the field of job seeking, Recruiters often use a CV to screen interested applicants usually to check if they do meet the requirements of the employer.
Features of a CV include :
1. Contact information of the interested applicant :
One must include the following information in their CV when providing contact information :
a) Your Full Name
b) Your Job Title
c) Your Phone Number
d) Your Personal E-mail Adress
e) Your Linkedin Profile
f) Links to other social media or your professional website(where you can showcase your skills and the projects you have worked on)
2. A Personal Statement:
A Personal statement is a way to separate yourself from the rest . A personal statement summarizes your experience and highlights your unique talents . In a CV, A personal statement demonstrates that the applicant is fit for the job. Usually a personal statement includes the following :
a) Who you are ?
b) What value you bring to the organisation ? and
c) Your Career Objectives
Regardless the level of experience, its important for you to ensure that the personal statement is specifically targeted towards the job that you’re applying for.
3. Your Work Experience:
Often, The work experience is the most important part of your CV. Most recruiters, including us have the work experience of an applicant as one of the most important green flags during the screening process. Its really important for applicants to understand that there is a format to stick to when it comes to listing your work experience in the CV. A Typical CV has the following format:
- Work experience in a reverse-chronological order (Most Recent to Oldest)
- The job title, employer and the dates of employment (Joining and leaving) for each of the roles
- Responsibilities and achievements that you had when doing those jobs that you have listed in the work experience section
- Last but not the least, it is really important to target your work experience according to the job that you will be applying for . Moreover, applicants must highlight experience’s that’s most relevant to the job requirements that you would have seen in the advertisement/listing
4. Your Education :
When Screening an interested applicant. Usually, the Education Section of the CV Enables recruiters and hiring managers to asses whether one has the right qualifications for the job in terms of education . The level of importance of education in a CV depends on the experience you have or the level of coursework that you have done. In a typical CV, It is important to include the following :
- Name of the Degree
- The start date and the end date of your degree
- The name of college/university/educational institution that you’ve attended
In the case, School graduates it is important to name the curriculum that you’ve done and the subjects that you had taken during your 12th or 10th grade
5. The skills you possess :
The Skills that one must list in their CV is completely dependent on the relevancy for the job that you’re applying for . It is really important for one to consider the following when listing their skills in their CV :
- Read the Job Advert thoroughly , identify the skills which you think are needed for that position , and mention those skills which you have in common
- When mentioning skills , one must list the number of skills that they have and choose 10 skills which you think that you are the best at
- When listing your skills in your CV it is important to aim for a mix of a technical skills ,soft skills and hard skills
To Stand out you can add a single sentence for each of the skills showing how you demonstrate each of those skills
6. Additional sections :
If you want to be one of the very few candidates who want to score that valuable job interview that few candidates get a chance for . Its extremely important to add additional CV sections to make your CV stand out among the rest.
Additional sections are often a great way of making your Job application stand out from the rest.
Some great additional sections to put in your CV include :
a) Projects you have worked on :
Just like skills, it is important to identify and arrange the projects according to the needs of the company that you will be apply for . Projects can be different types like :
- Work Projects
- Academic Projects and
- Personal Projects
A typical CV would have their projects arranged in chronological order .Lisiting the list of projects that you have done in your career is a good way to display your capability and gives recruiters and employers a glimpse of your potential. Some of the advantages of displaying your projects in your resume include :
- Shows that you are a successful professional
- Is a great way to show your Soft Skills (such as leadership and communication)
- Just Like Work experience, Listing the projects that you have worked on is also a great way in helping the employer to make the right hiring decision by hiring you !
b) Your Professional Certifications :
Professional certifications are also a way to add more value to yourself when a hiring manager/recruiter views your CV . It is really important for you to list your professional certifications in terms of relevancy towards the job your are applying for. Sometimes having a certain professional certification might lead you to getting higher pay than promised.
c) Your Hobbies and Interests:
Listing your hobbies and interest is another great way that set yourself apart as an individual . Make sure to choose things that are actually your hobbies as lying in one of them might be seen as a huge red flag from a recruiter or the hiring manger of the company that you’ll be applying to !
d) The languages that you know :
Just like Projects, languages are another brilliant thing that you can add in your CV. Language skills are required across the workforce in some cases knowing a particular language might even boost your salary . Some of the most in demand languages include : German , French and Spanish.
e) Awards you have been awarded :
Awards are all great , but when it comes to your CV it is extremely important to list the awards which you feel are the most significant .Moreover, if you had won the award from a large pool of competitors make sure to include the details of the competitors (such as the number of people you competed against) to show how excellent your award is. One must also include the award title, recognition level, date of getting the award and purpose (Which is for why you got the award for)
That is all that you need to know on how to write a great CV . If you’ve read till end thank you so much for reading . I hope that this was useful for all of the jobseekers reading this !. If you are looking for a job make sure to go to our jobs page at our website to apply for suitable job . Once again, thank you so much for reading I hope that you’ll have a good day !.