Don’t let a poorly crafted CV ruin your first impression to a prospective employer. Make sure you get all the elements right, from appropriate words to length and nature of detail.
1. Keep CV Short and Crisp
Stick to crucial points while making the CV to retain the reader’s focus. More content spreads attention and diverts from core aspects. In the initial rounds, CV filtration or shortlisting happens from a bunch of profiles. No CV gets more than 5-10 minutes time in the first look. It is only when someone makes the first cut that detailed level view happens. A simple and crisp statement about who you are and what your aspirations are would be a good way to articulate your profile.
2. Mind the Language
Avoid using superlatives to describe yourself in your own words. Do not use sentences in first person. Do not repeat words. Use relevant power words and reduce repetition. Moreover, grammatical errors should be strictly avoided.
3. Begin with a Brief Summary
A good CV should begin with a brief summary covering the essence of your career. It should reflect the depth and variety in your experience. This should reflect your career focus. Mention your strengths (competencies) that have relevance to changing times. Cover what you have done around the latest trends in your domain.
4. Follow the ‘One’ Rule
Try not to make the CV too complicated. Ensure that you use one font, one colour, one size and, if possible, keep the resume to one page. Don’t make the CV from the point of view of what you want to talk about but what recruiters are looking for.
5. Misrepresenting Facts a No
Avoid deliberate withholding or misrepresentation of facts and inaccuracies. People may judge your ethical orientation on this basis. You do not know at what stage of your career they may come back to haunt you. Even one gap puts a question mark on you as a person and especially on your career. It’s advisable to have the exact match of your paper profile and that of your LinkedIn profile.