Whether this is your first time writing a CV or just want to improve the CV you have written already. A CV is a resume of someone’s life. CV is particularly used as a sales brochure or marketing tool where you offer your skills, potential, qualities, and expertise to a prospective employer. In general, the CV is no longer than 2 pages. There are several steps you need to follow to compose a good CV.
Step 1: personal details
The section of personal details is placed on the top of the CV, making it the first thing a prospective employer sees. It contains the following information:
Written at the center of the page and big bold.
• Contact details
Write down your address, mobile number, and also e-mail address on your CV. Avoid using an unprofessional address and use the professional one with your name on it instead. Do not include some optional details like your marital status, gender, date of birth, etc. unless you are required to do so.
Step 2: personal profile statement
The second part of a CV is a personal profile statement that tells about your qualities, personal skills, career goals, experiences, and ambitions. Follow these guidelines to write a good profile:
• Short (less than five (5) lines
• Including real-world examples
• Relevant to the job you’re applying for
Step 3: achievements
One of the most excellent ways of composing your CV is by including a list of your achievements. Consider to include positive achievements such as promotions, awards won, educated or trained others, manager/captain/leader in an organization, etc.
Step 4: educations
Contains a resume of educational background you possess, making it one of the most essential parts of a CV. It informs the prospective employers of the education you received briefly.
Step 5: employment
Another important part of a CV is the work or employment experience. You can include the following jobs under this section:
• Temporary and permanent jobs
• Summer and weekend jobs
• Part-time and full-time jobs, etc.
Each entry should be accompanied by the company’s name where you worked, your job title, your responsibilities, duties, start and end work dates, etc.
Step 6: qualifications
This section contains a list of qualifications you have already achieved with the following information:
• Qualification levels
• Training issuer/provider
• The certificate validity and expiry date
Step 7: skills
This is such an optional section where you can mention some of your abilities and skills that will help you in the job you’re applying for. You can mention some skills like communication, IT skills, numerical, leadership, analytical, interpersonal, problem-solving, and many others.
Step 8: interests and hobbies
Your interests and hobbies help you to demonstrate that you’re such a well-rounded person who’s engaged in the community and extracurricular activities.
Step 9: references
The references should be two or more people who have worked with you and know you very well. One of the references should be your former or current employer, while the others can be any person who knows you very well.
Now that you have known the step by step in making a CV, it’s your time to make one to get a job you want to apply for!