How to Write a CV
For every job post, HR professionals get a hundred applicants or more than. And this is just through job boards, you can add LinkedIN, Facebook, The company website and WhatsupAPP to the mix and chances are that your CV is couple of thousand hoping to be picked up for review. Screening these CVs to find the most suitable candidates to interview is one of the most important functions in the talent acquisition process. In its current states , Its also the most tedious and error prone. But we will leave that for another article . Assuming that your CV actually gets shortlisted for review, you have one chance to get the attention of the HR manager and get shortlisted for an interview . Make sure you give it the attention that it deserves. Here are 6 CV writing essentials, We think you should keep in mind with writing your CV:
KEEPING IT TO TWO OR THREE PAGES: Considering that the reviewer probably has under a minute to probably has under a minute to review your
CV , it is important to keep it short and readable. When you sit down to write a CV the general tendency is to want to describe everything in great detail . you need to control this urge and think from the reviewers’ point of view . They have a minute to review your CV , so it is best to be short and to the point , keeping the most important aspects of each role right at the top . It should be easy enough for the reviewer to go through your CV and still understand your core competencies, skills and suitability for the role .
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CV FOR EACH JOB: Just as you would like to be treated as an individual within a firm and not a ‘replace-able resource,’ recruiting managers also expect the same from you. If you are going to be sending a generic CV , chances are that you are going to get a generic response – which usually is a ‘no’.
Before you start customizing your CV, make sure you have understood the kind of experience required for the role that you are applying for. Once you have done that , make a list of things from your past work experience you feel are in line with the skills and competencies the role demands and include those in your CV.
INCLUDE NUMBERS, BUT NOT TOO MANY: Adding a few crucial statistics is always advisable. For example , if you are in a marketing role , it is great for the reviewer to get an idea what kind of budget you handled. The trick is to not overdo it . Keep only those statistics that help in getting a clearer understanding of the scale and scope of your past experiences and highlight the successes. For example “ Managed accounts in multiple geographies” is perhaps better written as, “Managed eight accounts across three states .” These two figures help the reviewer understand your role and add context to the other details in your CV .
STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD: After you have added all relevant details from the work and education history , give some information about yourself that you feel brings out your personality . Most CV's have this in the form of extracurricular activities, hobbies etc . So if you are a professional dancer , or a yoga teacher or a state level athlete , definitely mention it in your CV. But do not add information for the sake of filling out a section . In fact , if you do not pursue any hobby , or a sport it is better to not write generic things like “Travelling ; Surfing the internet (!!) ; cricket” , and instead write something that you actually do other than work . If that means mentioning your addiction for reading harry potter books for the fourth time , so be it . But let it be authentic .
PROOF READ – TWICE: Every person who reviews CV s will tell you grammatical errors is the first thing they do. And once they have noticed an error , they cannot unnotice it . They have already made a mental note of the error and carry it with them for the next minute, and needless to say , not a great start .
After you have written , for matted , edited your CV , please proof read it . And once you are done proofreading it , proof read it again . And again . I cannot underscore the importance of doing this.
MAKE IT LOOK GOOD: After you have written the first draft of the CV, you now need to make it look good . Go with a style that is in line with the industry that you are applying for. Being careful about the finer things like the legibility of the font , the font size , the colors you pick for the text , etc can become crucial . take a printout of your CV and see if everything reads well.
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