It is true that you will get the coveted job on the basis of your performance at the interview, but you secure the place in the interview only on the strength of your CV. The potential employer will determine whether you should be given a chance to appear in the interview after seeing your CV. Thus, it is clear that your CV is your first chance to make an impression of your skills and professional capacities and it should be well-written. And writing an effectively good CV is the toughest challenge especially for the ones who do not have much experience in the same. Let’s discuss how we can write a compelling CV-
- Your CV should neither be too short nor too long. Put every information be it personal, professional or educational in the right proportion. An employer usually spends 8-10 seconds on each CV; thus precision and accuracy will be the key to get noticed. There are no specific rules about the length of a CV, but an average length should be of two A4 size sheets.
- Correct grammar and spellings are crucial in every CV. Sloppy grammar and spelling could ruin your image before the employer. You should be careful about the spellings, tenses, abbreviations, apostrophe comas, capital letters and semicolons in your CV.
- A generic CV will never help; you have to prepare a tailored CV for each new job application. A relevant and suitable description is always vital. A survey suggests that 21% suitable candidates do not get the job because of not presenting a CV tailored to the job.
- Your details like your name, contact number, address, email address, your professional social media contact details like LinkedIn profile must be clearly mentioned in the CV. A photo should be included in the CV only if you are applying for a job in the field of modelling, acting, etc. You can avoid mentioning the age, owing to age discrimination rules.
- You can showcase your educational as well as professional achievements and describe them in the proper language. You should always be honest about them and can also present the evidence to prove those achievements. You can mention that how your ideas made wonders or how with your efforts you achieved a target in your last job etc. Your description must always be factually correct.
- If you are writing about your interest keep that section short and to the point as your professional achievements are more significant in your CV. But if your interests are relevant to the job then it is worth mentioning.
A well-drafted CV without any mistakes and exaggeration can easily stand out among the piles of the CVs and you can get that much-awaited interview call.