02 Aug CV Tips
A CV is basically a way to advertise yourself in front of your potential employers, which is why it’s something which requires a lot of attention. A well put together CV is something which helps you stand out amongst those many people who have the same qualifications and experience as you do.
Checklist on what to include in your CV:
– First of all you need to mention Personal Details i.e. your name, address, mobile number, email ID. You can also give a link to your LinkedIn profile or a blog you manage, from where employers can find more about you. Please ensure that your email address looks like a professional one.
– Second step is to have a CV profile, which is concise, yet conveys your key attributes and your area of interest, such as which vacancy and position you’re applying for, whether an internship or a job, etc.
– Next is the most important part of your CV, where you mention your employment history and work experience in concise bullet points, starting with the most recent one. Remember to not only mention the title of your job/internship but also a brief description about the duties assigned to you on that job.
– Mention your education and qualification; remember to start with the most recent degree you’ve attained and end with the ones you received at school.
– Add in your Achievements, be it academic or professional; this will definitely be the main element to distinguish you amongst others so make sure to avoid mainstream ones such as “participated in debates”.
– If you have expertise in a language other than your mother tongue, then surely add it into your CV.
– Also mention any local or international organisations/forums that you’re a part of.
– State any volunteer work you have done in the past. Make a separate section for this, titled as “Volunteer activities”.
– Lastly, name two people from your academic locality (if graduated recently) or professional field, along with their contact details, who may be contacted by the employer in case they need a reference.
Tips on how to actually write your CV:
Keep it concise: There’s no need to beat around the bush, just mention your significant details briefly. For recent graduates, the CV shouldn’t be no more than 1.5 pages (the employer gets bored with too much information) while a 2-2.5 page CV is recommended for highly professional people with experience of more than 10 years.
Update it regularly: Sending in a 10 year old CV would look extremely unprofessional and out of date, so make sure that yours is regularly updated according to the latest trends and requirements. Also be sure to update your personal details like if your address/phone number changes because that’s how the companies will be contacting you.
Don’t be generic: Tailor your CV according to each job you’re applying for, also highlight those key experiences or interests which are relevant to the respective field/job.
Don’t waste space: Omit work experience or jobs/internships that aren’t relevant to the health field or whatever job you’re applying for because it’ll only make your CV long and boring.
Use a template: A template enables your CV to become easier to read as well as gives it a tidier look.
Use a doc format: As you will probably be using a recruitment agency at some stage in your job search, sending your file as a .doc will enable the consultant to modify your CV tailoring it to the job your applying for. Trust your recruitment consultant with your CV.
Check, check and check again: Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes at all costs. Read and re-read your CV for errors. Print it out before finalising it, to test out how it looks.
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