Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CV Basics

The Curriculum Vitae:

The CV is the most important document in terms of highlighting your knowledge, skills and aptitude for a job, as well as providing a brief about your academic and family background. The CV used to be a simple source of information about the applicant earlier. But now the CV is used as a marketing tool for getting yourself noticed and being called for an interview. The most important thing to realize is that customization of your CV and covering letter is essential if you want to make your application stand out from the crowd and solicit a positive response from the company you have applied to. 

Think of your CV as a marketing tool, think of yourself as a product, your potential employers as your customers, and your CV as a sales brochure about yourself. Market yourself through your CV. What are your features and benefits? What makes you unique? Make sure to convey this information briefly and concisely in your CV.

Types of CV:

In order to design an impressive CV which creates a positive impact on your prospective employer, you first need to decide on the type of CV that best depicts all your relevant information in a brief clear style. There are three types of CV formats you can choose from:

1. Chronological CV:
A chronological CV lists your academic record & work experience date wise with emphasis on your most recent academic pursuit or job. This type of CV is most suitable for people with an extensive working experience along with an academic track record.

2. Functional CV:
A functional CV focuses essentially on the skills and aptitude that are relevant to the job you are applying for. It contains a brief about your skill sets such as good communication skills, team working and leadership qualities, managerial skills, analytical abilities, creativity, proactive skills, organizational and planning skills, etc. It also highlights your aptitude for the job by expressing various inherent qualities you possess, such as a positive outlook, enthusiasm, zeal, tactfulness, self motivation, etc. A functional CV is best suited for freshers with no work experience or those without a too impressive academic record, or for jobs where soft skills are essential to the performance of the job.

3. Hybrid CV:
A Hybrid CV takes both the chronological and functional aspects into its format.

CV Essentials:

Here are some essential points for designing a good CV which you should take into account:

> A single page, scannable, computer friendly CV is ideal.

> Use plain, white A4 size paper sheets to print your CV.

> Leave a one inch margin on both sides.

> Use a simple, easy to read font such as Arial, Verdana, Georgia, TNR or Calibri.

> There should be at least single line gap between the different headers and sub headers.

> Avoid using fancy text fonts, graphics or too many lines or any color.

> Name and headers should either be in bold or ALL CAPS. Avoid underlining of text.

> Font size should be used to highlight your name and the headers. For the name, choose a font size of at least 18 points and 14 points for the headers. The rest of the text should be in minimum 12 points size.

> Your CV should have a clear format separated by headers, and use of bullets to mark the different points.

> Those who are tech savvy can also go in for creating an online, hypertext resume which include clickable links to reports written or project works done by you or any sort of additional information.

> Use of #'s, Rs. and %'s. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume. Here are two examples:

(1) Managed a department of 10 with a budget of Rs.1,000,000. (2)Increased sales by 25% in a 15-state territory.

By keeping the above points in mind, you'll be able to design a powerful and effective CV.

For more tips, check out our uploaded video on YouTube.

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