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How to Write A CV

May 11, 2018

 

Your CV or Curriculum Vitae is your passport to get the job you really desire. But How to write a proper CV the combines simplicity with eye-catchy design to be well-informed and representative at the same time.  

 

If your CV is well-written, it will:      

 

  • Attract the HR professional in the moment your CV is received or before other applicants.

  • Communicate that you have skills needed for the position and beyond by just what is described in the text of your resume.

  • Instantly give the recruiter a positive feel about you.                                                          

  • Ultimately get you that first interview.

On the other hand, if it is poor, it will:   

 

  • Hide your most important background and skills from the recruiter.                                 

  • Stop your resume from being read fully.

  • Convey a poor standard of work impression in the mind of the recruiter just from content.

  • Ultimately, STOP your application from going to the next stage.

A CV should be structured as follows:

  1. Personal Information

  2. Objectives

  3. Education

  4. Skills

  5. Experience

  6. Honors and Awards (Optional)

  7. Interests and Hobbies

  8. References (Optional)

1. Contact Information

  • Full name

  • Current and permanent address

  • Phone number and optional fax number

  • E-mail address

  • Optional website address

2. Objective (Profile)

  • Phrase a realistic objective or leave blank

For example,

 

“Desire a position in the office management, secretarial or clerical area. Prefer a position requiring responsibility and a variety of tasks.”

 

“ Equipped with problem solving techniques needed for sustainable and management Development. ”  

  • Include an objective only if your CV is not targeted. 

  • Remember: An objective should not be all about what YOU want; it should also show the employer what is in YOU for THEM.

3. Education

It can be presented in reverse chronological order –most recent first-as follows:

  1. Postgraduate study.

  2. University education.

  3. Pre-university education.

  4. Any relevant courses or diplomas.

4. Skills.

This section is mostly divided into three parts:

  • ​Computer Skills: Even if it is only word processing skills, list familiarity with computer systems, applications and programs.

  • Language Skills: State degree of proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

  • If there are any skills in any other fields, they would be included in this section. 

5. Work Experience 

It can be presented in reverse chronological order –most recent first-including the following information:

  • Employer name, location

  • Full time, part time, voluntary work

  • Dates

  • Job title

  • Description of duties involved

  • Main achievements

6. Honors and Awards

Put recognizable, significant awards.

 

 

7. Interests and Achievements

 

For example,

  • Travel

  • Membership of clubs or societies

  • Music/ Sports

  • Hobbies and other activities

8. References

You may not mention all the details about references. Some people do not even include such a section. But it is always nice to include the phrase “References available upon request” at the end of your CV, and even nicer if you actually have them.

 

 


In the end your CV represents who you are and what you can do, show your employers not only you have the skills to be part of the team but also show them that you are excited about  pursuing a career that you are passionate about. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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