According to research, an employer, on an average, spends only 8 seconds looking at any CV. Within these 8 seconds, he decides whether to stick it to the ‘Yes’ pile or throw it in the trash can. So basically these 8 seconds can either make your future or break your future and it’s all up to you!
Your CV is your golden ticket to an interview, it just depends on how you present it. Putting together an impressive CV is easy once you know how and for this, CollegeDekho brings you tips and tricks to an impressive CV.
What should your CV include?
Before starting with anything, you must know what all information will you be covering in your CV. Here are few basic things that you must mention in your CV.
- Personal Details:
Your personal details include basic information like your name, address, date of birth, telephone number, email id etc
- Educational Qualifications:
In this section, you tell about the degree or any other educational qualification that you have pursued.
- Work Experience:
In this section, you explain your career history. Remember, this is one of the most important points looked at by the employer. Make sure to use action words like developed, planned, organised etc. to make a larger impact.
- Interests and Achievements:
This section will probably grow smaller and smaller as you grow. However, keep it short, simple and try to add some non-conventional stuff as well. Also, try to incorporate interests and achievements relevant to the job profile.
Again try to think of skills and talent related to the job profile.
You can omit this one as most of the organisations do not check with the references until the application stage.
Now, that we are clear on what we have to include in our CV, we will be discussing about the tips and tricks which can be used to make it impressive.
- Never Lie:
The very first and foremost point that you must remember while drafting a CV is that never lie. Lying about educational qualification or past salary might get you a job in your desired organisation but if found out, you will not only be kicked out of the office but can also land in jail.
For different job roles, hand out a different CV. Customise your CV on the basis of the job description and see what magic does your tailored CV do.
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- Keep it Updated:
You can not just mention your current job verbally to the employer. Make sure it is all written on your CV. Keep your CV updated in such a manner that your most recent activities are on the top, and following it are the past ones.
- Informative but concise:
As we just read, an average employer only spends 8 seconds looking any CV, so you need to keep the CV as small, sharp, to the point and crisp as possible. Draft it in such a way that you do not miss out on the important points but try to save those minute details for the interview.
- Keyword Friendly:
While uploading your CV to a job site, make sure you have filled it with plenty of keywords. Usually, employers search with these keywords i.e job profiles and titles. If you have mentioned them in your CV, it will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile.
Though a CV does not have a particular format which is compulsory for anyone to follow, but try to stick to one so that you don’t miss out on any important stuff. CollegeDekho hopes you will now be able to draft a much more presentable CV by making sure that it targeted to the job description, is informative yet concise, carefully laid out and accurate in content, spelling and grammar.
All the best!