How to Write a CV: Resume Formats and Samples for Entry-Level and Experienced Candidates
Your CV is perhaps the only crucial document that determines whether you’ll get the job or not
It is known that recruiters are swamped with growing piles of CVs for every vacancy advertised. So, how should your CV—which to the recruiter is just another piece of paper—catch the right person’s attention? After all, it is your CV that will make or break the deal. One of the best ways to make your CV stand apart is by writing a good, clear and consistent CV
Some Tips for Writing a Good CV
– Keep it clear and consistent: All the details in your CV should be clear. Don’t feature any vague details. Make sure that your personal details, employment history, skills and aspirations are consistent throughout the document.
– Presentation makes a difference: Your CV should be easy to read. Never allow your CV to be cluttered. Cut down on the irrelevant details. Don’t stylise your CV unnecessarily. A neat, clean and easy-to-read CV that includes all the necessary details is what you should aim for.
– Brevity is best: It should be no longer than 2 pages. With some many CVs to read, recruiters are quick to lose their patience. You want to get all the points across in as few points (and words!) as you can.
– Divide it into sections: For improved clarity and better presentation, it is best to divide your CV into both broad and more specific sections, such as those of educational qualifications, work experience, skills, personal details, other interests, etc.
– Always keep it updated: This is one of the most important things. Your CV must be updated regularly and, at any given time, it should be ready to be sent out to recruiters, fully and accurately updated.
– Include references: It’s always a good idea to include the contact details of a referee or two. Your referees could be your past employers, senior co-workers, colleagues, teachers/mentors (in case this is your first job). Including the name and details of a person who can vouch for your skills and capabilities increases the credibility of your application.
– Ensure that it is relevant and accurate: Needless to say, all the details that you include in your CV should be relevant, accurate and verifiable
CV SAMPLE FORMAT FOR FRESHERS/ENTRY-LEVEL CANDIDATES
Because you are starting out in your career, remember that the emphasis should be on your training, skills and knowledge rather than on your work experience. If you’re applying for your first job, below is a sample CV that you can use for reference. Given that this is the first CV you are drafting, it is easy to get carried away while trying to make it appear fancy or impressive. However, it is crucial that you keep the CV brief and simple.
POST APPLIED FOR: Mention the specific post that you are applying for. This should, of course, be open to modification with every job you apply for.
OBJECTIVE: What kind of job are you looking for? What are your career aspirations? For example, you could say that you are looking for a creative career in a multi-national company. Do not make this longer than one or two lines.
In bullet points, include all your educational qualifications (degrees/diplomas/certificate courses etc.) along with the names of the institutions and the relevant dates.
SKILLS AND PERSONAL STRENGTHS
Highlight in points all your professional as well as personal skills that will be especially relevant to the job that you are applying for. For this, you must acquaint yourself with the job description of the role that you’re applying for. And, of course, you can modify the CV that you submit as per the application.
Given that you are applying for your first job, in this section, you could highlight all other kinds of work experience that you think is worth mentioning. Internships, voluntary work, etc. can be included. Any projects undertaken and completed during your student days should also be mentioned.
Briefly, you could mention other worthwhile personal interests and hobbies.
REFERENCES: You could include the name, designation and contact details of two referees who can vouch for your training, skills and abilities.
CV SAMPLE FORMAT FOR EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES
Because you already have some years of professional experience, the central focus of your CV should be on your work experience (rather than on your skills and qualifications—as in the case of an entry-level candidate). Your professional experience should be indicative of your capabilities and of your achievements, making you a promising candidate for the role that you are applying for.
PROFESSIONAL TITLE: Mention the one based on your previous role(s). Example: Sales Executive, Telemarketer, Communications Manager, etc.
CORE COMPETENCIES/AREAS OF EXPERTISE: This should be a brief summary (one short paragraph) of your core specialisations in the roles that you have taken up in the past. Along with stating and highlighting these competencies, you could briefly describe your areas of professional expertise.
WORK EXPERIENCE: This section should chronologically enlist your designation/title with the name of the respective company where you have worked. Under the mention of every job (along with the relevant dates), you must briefly describe the role, your key responsibilities and any other relevant achievements during the job.
This section should be the one you should focus on while writing your CV. You must bring out your key skills, responsibilities and professional achievements. All the projects/assignments that you have worked on, along with what you have achieved, should be mentioned here. This section will reflect your overarching career graph to the recruiter. Wherever possible, you should look to quantify details and aim to be as specific as possible.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION/TRAINING: This is where you must include the details of your qualifications (degrees/diplomas/certificate courses etc.) along with the names of the institutions and the relevant dates.
OTHER INTERESTS: Optional.
MeraJob’s SmartProfile™: The Smarter CV
There is no doubt that your CV is an important document whether you are an entry-level jobseeker or an experienced one. Making sure that your CV is perfect in every way possible and that it communicates everything of significance about your professional experience, skills and competencies is not an easy task.
To make these processes much easier for you, there is MeraJob’s SmartProfile™, which is a smarter version of the CV. The SmartProfile is an easy-to-read visual document that captures all the details a recruiter needs to know about you. Along with your key skills, qualifications and work experience, your SmartProfile also includes your personal preferences and interests. MeraJob creates your SmartProfile™, updates it routinely, and matches it with job openings at leading Indian and multinational companies. We’ll find a job that meets your skills and requirements. All without the need for a CV!
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