A CV is a like a window through which a recruiter chooses to look at the candidate. By far, it is one of the most effective forms of presenting your skills in a documented form. While a well formatted C.V improves the chance of giving your best shot, a bad C.V will definitely shut the door.
Here are the Dos and Don’ts we have composed to assist you in composing a better C.V:
Check out the recruiter, get to know his requirements and compose your C.V with respect to the job you are applying for.
Start your C.V with concise details for communication i.e. your e-mail, telephone, fax and address.
Use positive language, start your sentences with action verbs and minimize the use of pronouns. For example start your sentence with “Executed a major project with a team …” instead of “I was a part of an execution team…”
Bullet points are easier to read; use them to highlight your achievements and responsibilities from your recent jobs.
Put your most recent job experience followed by others in timeline making it easy for the recruiters to check your relevance.
Include the time periods of your jobs with dates; leaving out gaps can give leeway to a thought that you are hiding something.
Take a special care on the layout of the document. A crispy and effective layout not only makes it easier to read but also improves the look.
Don’t make your CV too long or lengthy to read. Two pages is the accepted, three is okay but only if you cannot make it into two.
Using a personal e-mail Id to submit your application is a big no too, use a professional one instead.
Don’t include the salary expectations, it is always better to discuss in or after your interview.
Don’t lie. We cannot stress this one more. Employers are equipped with their own methods to check the information. Make sure that the information you have provided is true to the last word.
Last but not the least: Never skip the grammar check.