How To Write Effective Curriculum Vitae

Oct 1,2015: According to a research, it takes recruiters an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates based on resumes.With this kind of competition, you need to have a flawless resume to get through the screening process. Here are some tips on how to write a good resume:

Find a suitable job: This is the first thing you have to take care of. Think of a profession that suits you. For an aspiring professional, salary should not be the most important thing in the world. Find a job that you are genuinely interested in. Otherwise, you may end up with something you don’t like and that is not good. Once you find such a job, plan your resume before you apply. Every organisation is different, so is its approach towards a resume. Don’t write anything that is not abiding by the company profile.

Choose a format: As said before, every firm has its own profile and preferences. Some like to see a charismatic bio data full of achievements, others are happy with a strong presentation of previous work experience. To fit the bill, one has to choose a resume format carefully. Generally, there are three types of resume formats. Chronological, Functional and a combination of both. A chronological resume is preferred by most organisations as it works as a timeline that explains a candidate’s professional history easily. This style is suitable for people who want to stay in the same line of work. A functional resume is best for professionals looking for an overall career change.

Start with a heading: Writing a heading is like balancing a knife on your nose. You have to keep it straight and balanced. Find words that would describe you and string them together. A heading should always be to the point. Do not try anything fancy unless you are absolutely sure.

Job objective: A professional resume must specifically mention the objective of a candidate. It means that you have to express your views and how you can contribute to the success of the firm.

Summary of qualification: No one wants to know you Class-III grades. Mention the board exams and graduation marks and the percentage of your last academic qualification. Don’t forget to mention the names of the schools and colleges you have been to.

Achievement: This is a tricky thing to handle. Too many of these may seem showboat-y and too less would do worse. Tell them about your achievements as a member of a group or a voluntary organisation or that non-paying job you did that summer after the boards.

Community service: Group activities show your capability of working with a set team plus it also shows your interest in giving something back to the society.

Personal details: Name, date of birth, father’s name, address, phone number and email id.  These are enough details to provide to your prospective employer. Save the pleasantries for the interview.

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