Job hunters and employees need to keep their CVs (Curriculum Vitae) up-to-date and ready. Your CV is your branding. It’s your marketing credential that provides the first impression to a potential employer that will hire or promote you. Your CV is your professional and personal reflection in a paper.
An excellent CV that will perfectly illustrate your professional intentions and personality will seriously catch the attention of a recruiter, HR officer, or your future boss. I worked in facility management and business process outsourcing industries for more than ten years and saw different CVs during my recruitment involvement. So I can indeed say if your CV can help you make it or break you. Let me help you understand the fundamentals you need to know when creating, updating, and to format your CV.
The Ultimate Guide for CV
CV Presentation is Key.
The overall presentation of your CV is a key ingredient to your success. Remember that your CV is valuable because this is your initial communication with your potential employer. Your CV should be wisely thought out, designed, and written to provide an exceptional first impression. Such a CV can efficiently provide a strong influence on key decision-makers. I read an article, and it says that your CV must contain the following:
- A positive outlook.
- Clearly show those strengths and experiences that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Demonstrate your potential as a future employee that can impact change.
5 Basic Sections of a CV
- Header – this section provides information on who you are (your complete name) and how decision-makers immediately contact you. Common information for contact details is ‘working’ phone numbers and email.
- Professional Objective – this section highlights your intentions and accomplishments in a brief phrase that will give a quick preview of who you are as an individual, employee, and potential leader. It’s best to make it your strong personal statement.
- Experience – this section talks about your professional experiences. It can be your OJT if you’re a fresh graduate, your part-time works, special assignments, volunteer works, previous works, and or history of information about your previous companies where you worked for. It’s important to showcase your duties and responsibilities on this part. Use strong action verbs in each descriptive phrase. Always keep in mind the proper tenses of verbs.
- Education – this section provides information about your educational background. It’s best to list your highest education attainment first. You can include your GPA above 3.0 and other academic achievements.
- Reference – this section provides information about people who have known you professionally for more than a year or so. Within a context like the position you are looking for will provide the strongest commendations. Keep in mind to speak with your references and let them know about your endeavors. Put their company name, position, and contact details like phone numbers and email.
Added Info that can Boost Your CV
- Global Experience
- Languages Spoken
- Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Public Service
- Recognitions & Awards
- Scholastic Involvement
- Technology Skills
- Technical Skills
Quick Tip: Others may focus on “Hobbies and Interest”. Keep in mind that these are for an entry-level type of CV.
Not Good: Art, Sports, Films…
Best: Renaissance Arts, Basketball, Xavier Dolan’s Indie Films
Info that You Can Leave-Off Your CV
- Irrelevant Social Media URLs
- Your current work email address
- Personal details like religion, father’s name, height, weight, sex, etc.
- Unrelated experiences, especially from the distant past.
- Long paragraphs without bullets.
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Things to Keep in Mind about Your CV
- Better to start sentences with strong verbs – example: “Achieved”, “Attained”
- Must be free from type error
- Proper spacing and font
- Grammatically correct
- Keep it brief – maximum of two pages
- Don’t put everything in your CV – save something to talk about during an interview which can give a strong impact, remember the question ‘Tell me about something not on your CV?’
- Be honest – only put true information
A well-constructed CV can help you stand-out. It’s your ticket to interviews. It may be a daunting task, but it will be worth it. Decision-makers expect to see a CV with real substance that will reflect the intentions, personality, and value of an applicant according to their business needs.
Need some help in formatting your CV? Let me help you!
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