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A right CV can make all the difference when applying for a job

Dec 8, 2016

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It can take a reader just 30 to 40 seconds to reach a decision about a CV. So when writing a CV, you ought to remember you have just half a minute to gain the reader’s favorable attention, leave a vivid impression of professionalism and indicate the prospective benefit to an employer of recruiting you. To prepare an effective CV might take time and possibly several drafts. Layout, presentation and a choice of words which demonstrate both responsibility and achievement are vital components of any CV.

No matter how well your career background and skills match the need of an employer, your efforts could be unsuccessful if you make it difficult for the reader to take the relevant information. As your appeal must reach quickly, ensure that the print is well spaced and that the key information is displayed clearly.

The prime objective of the CV is to generate interviews. Visually, you want your CV to have a positive effect, but it is also necessary for it to convince the reader that you are worth meeting. The style in which you present your CV is a matter of personal choice, but it is important that you use words that suggest an active and successful career.

People sometimes make the mistake of regarding a CV as a rewrite of their job description, which results in unnecessary jargon and detail. In addition, issues such as salary and reasons for leaving previous organization must not be included; they are best discussed at the first interview stage.

To sum up, you should pay attention to the following points before preparing your CV:

  • A CV of a fresher or an inexperienced candidate should not be over two pages. A CV should be concise and you must omit irrelevant information.
  • A CV projects an applicant’s suitability for a job. Color papers or color print should not be used for this purpose. In case of highlighting any information, you can either bold, or italicize or underline it. Never bold and underline at the same time.
  • Check spelling and grammatical mistakes in CV time and again. You can get it proofread by somebody.
  • When applying for a particular job, you should customize your CV according to the job requirements. Your career objective should be according to the criteria mentioned in the job announcement. Give emphasis on the ways you can add value, so to say, contribute to the company you applied for.
  • Avoid writing in First Person ("me", "I"; "my" etc.).
  • The best CV describes experiences using statements, which describe an action you took in response to a challenge or opportunity, and explain how your action had a positive impact for your company.
  • Give the reader an impressive idea of what you have done and achieved throughout your career, instead of talking about the duties you were responsible for at your jobs done previously.
  • Don’t write only about your personal characteristics and traits; instead analyze how your values can fit the position you applied for.

Reference: Cambridge BEC Self-Study Edition


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Mohammad Shibli Shahriar, CEO, Center for Human Potential Development & a faculty of Daffodil International University.