Writing of a CV.

There are many ways to write a CV correctly and include the information that should go in it. The following guidelines will give you a good idea of what you should do to create a winning CV.

  • 1. Sometimes the region or the country or even the company has a prescribed order of presentation. Ensure you have the right style of presentation, because if they are used to seeing the CVs in some order and they get it in another, they will not have the patience or time to reorganize their thoughts to follow your style of presentation, and your CV will be summarily rejected.
  • 2. Treat your CV as an advertisement for yourself. Why should the employer choose you? Put this question to yourself and write the CV in such a way that the answer should be evident. (For example the employer wants a good PR Manager, what skills would be attractive, what qualifications would be attractive, what achievements would be most impressive for this profile, what traits would be best for this job, etc.- all these should be highlighted and clearly evident in your CV).
  • 3. Be as much to-the-point as possible; the employer will go through some hundred CVs in one hour, or sometimes even more than that - hence the time for perusing one CV would be about 5-6 seconds. In 6 seconds the employer should get the relevant information from your CV so he/she can decide whether you are suitable or not. Your CV will have only 6 seconds to make an impression.
  • 4. Before you send your application (CV) to the job, ask a senior person or colleague preferably in the same line in which you are applying, to go through your CV in 10 seconds and get their feedback; do they see you as a suitable candidate? If it is not obvious to them, your CV may not be written as efficiently as you would have wanted it to be. Redo it incorporating the critiques received.
  • 5. To make your CV completely tailor-made for the job (and enhance your chance as the best match) you need to:
    • a. Research about the job in general (what it involves as responsibility, qualifications, growth, and goals)
    • b. Research about the company (its goals, its products, its financial get-up, its past success, its future plans)
    • c. Research about the description of the job in the present company (from present employees, ex-employees, direct approach or the Internet)
    • d. A good source for all the above are the company's own public report, news and website in the past 1-2 years
    • 6. If you have publications, a long list of training programs attended, out-of-the-way job descriptions that would impress the employer for the present job, and the like annex the details to the CV. Indicate that details are given in the annexure at the relevant point [ex: * published 25 articles in national and international level journals) (see annex for details)].

    You will know your CV is a winner, if it matches the requirements almost to the T or it gives it a little extra in terms of qualifications or experience or traits.