keep it simple yet elegant
With bundles of CV flowing in to the HR department, the chances of reading a lengthy CV is as low as one could only imagine. Time is of essence and in corporate world, it is more of a sin to waste a second. With that on mind, a CV that is supposed to stand out from the rest has to be of compact length. Yet, it must contain all the necessary points needed to grab the attention of the recruiter. Instead of too detailed graphics or colourful images, it is always recommended to stick to simple headings and clearly defined segments.
The most important thing in a CV is it should be clear. Headings are the most crucial when writing a CV. Clearly indicate your education, experience, and make it easy for a recruiter to understand the information you are trying to put out.
We all have a common belief that we need to include date of birth, address, or the whole bio data on a CV. But all these are private information and these don’t need to be shared on your Curriculum Vitae. The only personal information you need to include on your CV is your name, a telephone number, and an active email address.
Moreover, it is not a must to add a photo to your CV, unless you are planning to work in a profession where you have a face value. The aspects that you need to focus on are your professional accolades, skills, and educational achievements, as these are crucial in landing you your dream job.
Point out the most important features
It is very difficult for a person to constantly read a lot of CVs. On top of that, you can only imagine how challenging it becomes when the information are laid out in long paragraphs. Even though it is our general tendency to write in long paragraphs, we need to make sure that we point out the most important part of our skill set in bullet points; not long paragraphs. The only paragraphs you should include in your CV are a personal statement at the top, and an achievements paragraph underneath the skills section. These should be as compact as possible, with simple and straightforward language.
Always check your work
Whenever you write your first draft, even though it might seem like you have completed a mammoth task, but the most important task is yet there to be done. A document takes a great shape once it’s read again and proofread for any mistakes. Take at least an hour gap before reading it again. This gives your mind enough time to read it from the fresh and your brain is again at a stage to find out mistakes.
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