Today we will be talking a little about the most important item to get you through to an interview and a job.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing your CV.
A lot of people that I have come accross do not give enough importance to this document. I have seen scores of students preparing CVs and sending them in a 10 minutes time. One popular thing to do is ask your friend for his CV, copy-paste and you are ready.
Believe me, I have heard this in interviews upon asking that “ohh sir i copied this from my friend the project you are talking about i did not do!!”. Imagine the frsutration of a person who has gone through the pain of filtering CVs and scheduling your interview to hear that the CV which made him call you is not yours. Do you really think that person would hire you?
I personally believe that a good personal CV is one of the most important tool for a professional. It is actually a story of your professional career, and its a story of a students’ hard work. Not giving ample time is being unfair to your self.
So invest some time on this have some one review it. Check it for spell and grammar mistakes. Print it on a good paper.
So here is how to get started
Planning your life story
Write down all the information you have about yourself that you want to put in the CV.
Read the list of information. Cut out the irrelevant things. Add the relevant ones. Remember you don’t have unlimited space, so don’t put in too much information, but in the process don’t delete the required ones.
You might be targeting for different positions. Plan out for each of them mark against the information which position requires it and which doesnt. Have some one review it if possible best if some one from industry can have a go at it, not just your friends.
Putting it Down
Presentation is every thing
Now that you have all the info. pick out a template which best fits the information you have gathered in the previous step. Don’t pick a template because your friend picked the same, do some research, try out different ones. The template should be elegant and show all your required info. It should not be too fancy or too cluttered.
Usually most templates organize information in this sequence
- General Info
- Experience(This is projects for fresh students)
Size does matter
Once the template is decided, fill it up.
Make sure the CV never exceeds 2 pages — 1 page is preferred. A lot of people say that it is not possible to put in ever thing in 2 pages beleive me it is.
Try summarizing the work you have done. Don’t mention all your academic project starting from semester 1. Only put in those which add value to the position you are applying for, and those in which you actually did some thing. a very comon answer to hear in an interview is. “Sir this was a 4 people group i did the documentation” so don’t put in some thing which you don’t have a grasp on it will only hurt you in the interview.
Let me assure you that even people with extensive experience can put in their details in 2 pages, most problem i have seen with length usually come from fresh students who write each and every thing.
If you have to mention all the projects try writing descriptive names and omiting the details.
That’s enough for Part 1 – Let me know if there are any questions so far. In the next Part we will dive into the the details of the specific sections and talk about tuning the CV towards the specific positions applied.