Work and Career

CV Do’s and Don’ts for the Young Professional

So, you’ve got the degree. You’ve got the experience. You’ve got the skills and the confidence to land that job. But before you can even land the job, there are important people you need to convince that you are the perfect person for the job. And to do that, they must get their hands on your CV and be impressed enough by what they see to give you a call and invite you for an interview. Unfortunately, yours isn’t the only CV there is in the world. Headhunters and recruiters go through thousands of CVs every day. What you put in your CV determines whether it ends up on the reject pile or lands that important interview. Here are a few do’s and don’ts you need to remember in creating that winning CV.

Do emphasize your qualifications and accomplishments

Your CV should not just be a comprehensive list of your job experiences and responsibilities. You should also highlight the successes that you helped deliver to the organization and the focus on the projects that you spearheaded or took part in.

Do check your spelling and grammar

Use tools that are at your disposal, such as a spell-checker or an online dictionary and thesaurus. Save yourself the horror of seeing a glaring typographical error long after you have sent your CV to hundreds of companies. Use a professional looking font, and choose only black for text colors. For ease of reading, list your relevant information in chronological order. It would also help a great deal if you can list them down using bullet points.

Do customize your CV to fit the job position you are applying for

Use words in the job advertisement and place them strategically and creatively in your CV if you want a truly tailor-made CV. Use positive and active words, and don’t keep using the same words over and over. You don’t want a CV that looks okay and ordinary. You want something that jumps out and screams, “I’m the person you’re looking for!”

Do not make your CV more than two pages in length

It’s a CV, not your autobiography. What you should include in your CV are your contact information, skills and qualifications, employment history, professional references, training, workshops, and seminars attended. Summarize key points; do away with the rest.

Do not put too much personal information

You don’t need to put your weight, height, marital status, or blood type in your CV. You don’t need to include your Twitter or Facebook usernames, either. Do put in your email address that has your real name in it, not the email address you created in high school when you were still gaga over boy bands. Don’t print your CV on colored paper. If you insist on printing it on paper other than white, you can use the lightest shade of beige.

Do not lie on your CV

It’s just not worth it. These days, everything can be verified quickly and easily through Google. It’s also not a good idea to embellish your qualifications and accomplishments. Avoid the embarrassment and just stick to what you know and what you have truly achieved professionally.

Rouselle Isla

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Rouselle Isla

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