TIPS FOR MAKING AN EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM VITAE

Tips to Write a CV: The competition for a job is very intense in several fields. Be it from Engineering to Medical, Managerial to Commerce and etc, there are a lot of applicants waiting in stiff job market circle to get into a firm.

Both a fresher and experienced job applicant goes through the similar storm of competition and circumstances of selection in the following criteria,

  • Age
  • Work Experience
  • Skills
  • Communication
  • Knowledge Base of the profession

Before we get any more further, let’s focus on the key highlights of a job application or Curriculum Vitae in each area,

Tips For Making CV
Tips for Making CV – Jobvows

PREPARATION
Always take time to research about two things,

  1. You
  2. The job you are applying for

Preparation is an effective key to job applications. While researching yourself, think about the following areas

  • Experience
  • Interests
  • Skills
  • Personal Qualities

EXPERIENCE
The most concrete section in a CV is your work experience.  But again, this is divided into certain stages,

  • Changes of job
  • Shifting from one place to another location (marriage or buying  a house, children)

So try to include,

  • Education
  • Any professional training
  • Job periods (both permanent and part-time, if you possess)
  • Any voluntary work activities
  • Extended activities in your life

INTERESTS
Personal interests are after all you do during your leisure time. To specify, when you are not working and that is your spare time. Interests are important as they

  • Define your personality. This is very important in your job application
  • Show the skills that you don’t utilize at work frequently
  • Highlight the type of previous jobs and the reason you chose them
  • May direct at other type of job roles that was not considered before

SKILLS
In your CV, at the part of your work experience, look into the different stages of your life and evaluate yourself on

  • Which skills you used here? Did you have the skills before?
  • Which skills do you improve or lacked?
  • What new skills did you learn?

You can also include your personal skills apart from your professional ones. For example,

  • Making presentations
  • Chairing meetings
  • Training staff
  • Supervising
  • Giving advice
  • Organizing events
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Meeting the public
  • Interviewing

PERSONAL QUALITIES
In this area, the applicants will have to mention about themselves, their potential and their qualities. Think about the incidents or events in your own life and work experience that help you bare those qualities. For example,

  • Accurate
  • Adaptable
  • Can work under pressure
  • Careful
  • Co-operative
  • Competent
  • Dedicated
  • Energetic
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Hardworking
  • Methodical
  • Self-confident
  • Self-motivated
  • Vigilant
  • Reliable

STRUCTURE OF A CV
The traditional structure of curriculum vitae is in the following order

  • Full name
  • Address and telephone number
  • Age and Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Marital Status
  • Educational qualifications (public examinations, grades and degrees achieved)
  • Employment details, such as each period of employment, company, organization, position held and dates
  • Details of current position and salary
  • Interests
  • Reference from two of your contacts as to recognize on your character and past professional life

Of lately, passport size image of an applicant is placed on the top left or right side of the CV. Other features are columns and tables to highlight the skills, interests, education and work experience details. The overall structure should not look congested with data, so it is better to keep an adequate spacing after specific relevant information in your CV. Likewise; it is advised to mention date and year in numbers and not in words. You may take the hardcopies of your CV in black and white colour as this is a standard procedure of application.

A CV is one of the most important saviours in your professional life. For an effective Curriculum Vitae to get shortlisted and also to get confirmed for selection, showcase or highlight the valuable information in the category of qualifications, career highlights, achievements and skills. Let your first impression become the best one at interview. Wishing you all the best…