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Crafting a CV

By on July 2, 2017

In my career spanning 2 decades; I have read through a number of CVs, and have been amazed to find how most of us live in a templated world.

A CV/Resume, in my mind has two broad objectives for a job seeker, firstly it needs to standout from the crowd, to be shortlisted by the recruiter for screening, secondly it needs to excite him for the level of fitment between the job role and your work. While these are very commonsensical, it is rarely practiced by most of the job seekers.

Please use the below checklist while crafting your CV and before you apply for the next job.

1. Design matters - Like all of us, recruiters are also attracted to appealing things, including CV.

2. Understand what is important and relevant, everything is not required on a CV - Any information, which is not relevant to the recruiter, should not find place on your CV. Your father's name, place of birth, permanent address, blood group and all.

3. The length of the CV is inversely proportion to it being read - On an average, a recruiter goes through 10 -50 CVs to shortlist a candidate; imagine if she is working on 3 job opening! Keep the CV shorter and concise, you would be appreciated and rewarded.

4. Prune information on your CV with time - A very common mistake made by many of us. With time a lot of your information becomes irrelevant and hence needs to be reconsidered. For example, your academic scores are not very important after 5-10 years of work experience.

5. Customize every job application - Each job is different and so is every organisation you are applying to. A small effort and tweaking would improve your success many times.

6. Career objective - While it is not a must have, incase you have one; make sure it is aligned to the job you are applying for. I have often seen people applying for sales jobs where their career objective is to be in operations. If you have done it purposely, all the very best.

7. Information Order or sequence - It is recommended that the your most recent information is placed ahead of others, this means, you existing job will come first and your first job last. Same is the case with your education highest education first and then backwards.

8. Its important to be honest - Its important that you highlight your strengths along with your achievements, interests. Remember, these are yours not your friends.

9. Be Honest but not stupid - While it is important for you to be honest, you need to be aware of your weak areas as well. Avoid mentioning your grades, if they aren't worthy of a mention. Nobody has been rejected for not mentioning their grades.

10. Spell Check are there for you, use them - Nothing is more annoying than incorrect spellings, it’s a huge put off for any person. Please respect your own effort and self image.

11. Formats - It is advisable to convert your CV to .pdf format. This would ensure that you don’t face any trouble of format and fonts etc.

12. Stop borrowing templates from your friends, colleagues and bosses - Spend some time with yourself before starting to write your CV. If you haven't prepared before writing one, it would be anyways be suboptimal and unfair to your own self.

While the mentions above are relevant for all job seekers, it is more relevant for those with less than 7-10 years of experience. Please feel free to write to me for any career advise or feedback at arun@mapmycareer.org