Making a great Resume: Get the basics right

When you start out to create a  curriculum vitae or resume, there is no single format that is guaranteed to get you the eyeballs of recruiters. However, there are a few basic rules for creating a resume that you should keep in mind. The primary feature of a CV should be that it clearly explains to the reader the achievements made so far in your career by you.  Your CV should be:

Guide on CV Preparation

– A well-presented, selling document
– A source of interesting, relevant information
– A script for talking about yourself

The main objective of your CV is not to get you the job but to get you an interview. Remember: you are not writing a CV for yourself, you are writing it for the reader. You can choose to create any obe of the following types of CVs

– A standard two-page printed CV
– A one-page summary CV
– An online CV

Whatever be the format, your CV should include:

– Personal Details
– Skills and Career Summary
– Key Achievements
– Qualifications
– Career History

Don’t forget: The ultimate goal of your CV is to see whether it meets the needs of the person making the shortlisting decision. When you submit a printed CV to a recruiter or a potential employer, it is an introduction to yourself that should prompt them to try and know more about you
● Use a good quality paper, and print your CV in black ink on white paper. Covering letters should use identical stationery.
● Lay your CV out neatly
● Don’t make the margins too deep or too narrow
● Resist writing lengthy paragraphs – be concise
● Careful use of bold type can be effective
● Typefaces such as Times New Roman or Arial are fairly standard
● Do not use type size less than 11 pt.
● Check thoroughly for spelling or typographical errors – Don’t rely on a spell checker.

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