today’s competitive world where each of us is on a race to outrun the other, a
good CV or resume is of paramount importance.
are the channels to your prospective employer or University through which you
can leave a lasting impression. They can prove to be deal sealers or deal
the successful creation of the perfect CV, you must first know what a CV is.
Curriculum Vitae or a CV is basically an overview or the summary of your
academic qualifications, achievements, professional and personal skills and
your contributions (if any).
one common mistake most students and even job applicants tend to make is the
overcrowding and adding of extra information in a CV.
your CV is your fist chance to impress, but the
entire purpose of writing a CV is to be precise.
when you actually write a CV, you must try and make it as concise, eloquent and
informative as you can.
while writing a CV, remember to follow the correct format of a CV. As a student
looking for admissions, you must remember that a CV made for academic purposes
has a different format from one used to apply for jobs.
extremely important aspect of your CV is your language and grammar. Imagine
your first impression on a person if you have made grammatical errors in your
avoid such blunders, keep your CV as sweet and simple as you can. Do not
unnecessarily include long, incomprehensible words.
that the reader will appreciate a simple, easy to understand CV as well.
summarizing 20 years or so in a single page, in a proper format, in the correct
manner and in a way that it should leave an imprint on someone’s mind is a
said that, we are strong believers of “If someone can do it then so can I”
policy and so we already believe you have it in you.
follow these simple steps and voila!
- Classifying your information
under various HEADS
To begin with, you can start making separate heads under which
you can give your information such as Qualifications, Job Experience, Skills,
Languages(if any), Achievements, Hobbies/Extra Curricular Activities etc.
While writing about your Qualification or Academic
Achievements, remember that these must be placed in proper chronological manner
in relation to one another.
- Placement of your
Since you are trying to stand out from a
crowd of students just by your CV, you must highlight your achievements in a
subtle manner so that it doesn’t come across as bragging.
the proper placement of these achievements is the key here.
your most relevant, outstanding accomplishments above the basic, general ones.
- Length of your CV
is a very important aspect you must keep in mind. Imagine the number of CVs a
Committee for Education must have to survey every year. A long, boring CV is
almost likely to be instantly rejected. Keep your CV short, ideally one page
- Personal Details
CV must include some relevant personal details such as name, telephone number,
email id and sometimes even address. Include a photograph only if asked to.
Generally, inclusion of photographs is discouraged in CVs since it can lead to
a biased judgment. Make sue the details you include are correct and up to date.
should be ideally placed at the very top of your CV.
is what holds the maximum weight in your CV. Place
this under separate sections to properly highlight them. Of course, a work
experience is most valued but the other two are also relevant.
writing about your work experience, internship or summer training, try and
relate them to the course you are applying to.
the relevant skills, knowledge and experience you gained through these. Keep
your sentences short and to the point.
e.g., suppose you are applying for an MBA in Marketing and you are writing
about a summer job you had in a company.
Worked for three months as a marketing employee which helped enhance my
persuading and negotiating skills.”
adding relevant skills, make use of action words
like planned, developed and organized. These words give an added effect of
“Organized and planned a fundraising event for the NGO I worked with during the
summer of 2015. “
and make your job experience as elegant as you can.
e.g., a teacher’s CV which says “Motivated and enhanced scientific interests in
5th standard students” sounds much better than” Taught science to 5th
standard students”, don’t you think??
- Interests and Hobbies
part should be brief, precise and must provide a brief insight into the kind of
person you are.
to include hobbies and interests that may relate to your field (if any).
include a variety of hobbies which are not restricted to a single element. For
e.g., hobbies such as programming and playing computer games are restricted to
a single hobby.
make sure all your hobbies are not related to your home or yourself, least you
want to come across as an introvert.
to include sports, or some other hobbies that represent passion, hard work and
irrelevant and unimpressive hobbies such as “socializing, partying or hanging
around with friends”. We don’t think they are relevant enough!
adding common hobbies such as reading, try writing “Reading:
Harry Potter was my escape from the long, monotonous summer evenings” rather
than simply “Reading
is my favorite hobby.”
bullet points to separate them.
the skills added are additional languages or computer related skills such as
“in-depth knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook” or “A certified
this may not be very important while applying for jobs, it is extremely
important while applying for further studies.Try
to include references of your favorite teacher or the professor you helped last
month. It is advisable to include references from senior teachers or faculty
from a department or field that is related to the course you are applying to.
that you’re familiar with the major and most important elements of a CV, we are
sure you can begin with your own personalized CV. Keep
in mind that your CV must be unique and catch the attention of the reader in
the first 30-40 seconds. For
this, you can read your CV several times to judge its authenticity and
can also look for some sample CV’s available on the Internet for further
writing and good luck!