Simple Steps To Make a CV
CV is an abbreviation of Curriculum Vitae. It is a Latin phrase and it means “Course of one’s life”. You need a CV when you are headed towards seeking a job. For any type of job like medicine, media, law, teaching and many others, you need to provide your CV so that the employer may have the overview about your academic career. CV is a brief introduction of yourself and your academic qualification. It summarizes all you have done in your professional career. As compared to Resume, CV is more detailed. It should comprise of 2-4 pages but not more than 4 pages because it will lead the employer to lose interest in it assuming that it contains unnecessary details.
Your CV should present a whole, comprehensive and attractive look. It should not contain each and every information about you but only relevant information which is necessary for the employer to have your complete image. Show your enthusiasm towards that specific job you are applying to. Include in your CV if you have attended specialized classes, acquired special licenses or any affiliations, have research experience, presentations, publications, grants you have received. Publications list is essential for applying in some educational institution for job. Do not forget to include your achievements, awards, honors, grants, fellowships, scholarships. These are the key elements to make your CV impressive and off-course it compliments your personality. Choose a format that looks presentable to the eyes.
Your CV should reflect the position for which you are applying. Choose worthy sentences which appeal the employer to give you a chance in his company. Portray yourself to be an ideal candidate for the job.
Here I have enlisted all the steps to make a CV.
1. Basic Information
Write down your full name, parentage/Spouse name, Address, Phone number (cell number and land line number), e-mail id, Date of Birth, Your identity Card Number. Here’s a sample:
2. Objective/Field of Interest
Show your keenness towards hard work and quick adaptation to any challenging environment. For Example You may write:
Or see this one:
Enlist your qualifications by writing the most recent at the top and the durations at the left whereas few details of the courses undertaken at the right. Mention your percentage of marks obtained or GPA. Also mention your credibility if you had been among the toppers. Here’s a pattern:
4. Major Courses
Do mention the major courses you have studied in your whole academic career. It will help the employer to interpret your fields of knowledge.
5. Your Distinctions
Do mention your achievements, awards, honors, grants, fellowships, scholarships etc. For example let your employer know if you have got letters of appreciation for your work.
Write down the periods of your job at the left and name of the companies at the right.
Try to be consistent, stick to a job for at least 6 months because it shows that you are a reliable person. Also write down the skills you have learned, what you have achieved during the entire course of your professional career.
Tell your strengths, your abilities to adapt to new environments in a short period. For example:
Pleasant manners with a high sense of commitment, loyalty, integrity and patience.
Write down your skills in brief. Keep in mind the qualities required for a certain job. Make yourself sound like the ideal candidate.
9. Language Proficiency
Write down the languages you know and understand.
10. Extra Curricular Activities
If you have interest in extra-curricular activities, do not forget to mention in your CV.
Actively participate in regular Exercises for Physical Fitness, Playing Cricket with renowned Club.
11. Cover Letter
Attach a cover letter with your CV which should tell why you want to work in that specific company, why are you qualified. It may also include highlights of your CV.
Write down references at the end of your CV. Write the names of those people or companies which may be contacted for the purpose of authenticating your provided information.
At the end write a note: All the documents in original will be submitted as and when required.
Keep in mind this thumb rule that you must not lie. Do not exaggerate anything too much because it would prove to be problematic afterwards. Your employer may ask you questions relevant to what you write in your CV and you may not be able to answer if you tell blatant lies. You may also be fired later if the employer discovers that your CV contained false information. Be yourself. If you have enough skill for the job you will be called for interview and you will definitely get it. But if you do not succeed, don’t take it to your heart and don’t lose hope. Keep on trying and you will get what you deserve. Do not under-estimate your capabilities but at the same time don’t be over-confident. Best of Luck!!
I have posted some good examples of CV for you.