How To Prepare and Format Your CV?

Whats is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

All you need to know about your resume

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a professional document that offers the reader an overview of your Professional and Educational history.

It is your marketing document because its purpose is to sell you to a prospective employer and get an interview. 

 

We have prepared 43 resume-building tips to help you structure and design your CV to get maximum attention from recruiters and hiring managers.

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What must your CV contain?

A good CV is divided into 2 sections -

CV Header containing Your Name and Contact Details, A professional photo, and your CV Headline.

CV Body containing Core Competencies, Work Experience, Education, Training and Development with subsections like language, computer skills, etc

There is no "best" CV format, as each recruiter/employer has their own unique preferences - but the general principles and guidelines that most of the recruiters and employers agree upon have been used when designing a CV.

CV Header

CV Headline

Contact details: Phone number and a personal email address are a must. Your professional social media will be very useful. See what your CV header should look like.

CV Headline: Ideally, it will be the same as your current/professional job title if the job description matches the experience and position.

e.g "An enthusiastic Mechanical Engineer having an MBA"

Read more about writing a winning a CV headline

Body Of Your CV

Professional Summary: highlighting your most important achievements and skills.

Highlight your CV with  Career Synopsis and Core Competencies

Work Experience: list your relevant work experience in reverse chronological order, containing your employer's name, your job title, dates of employment, and job description.

Read more about how you can put your work experience in your CV here

Education Qualifications:

Your Achievements: under each position you held, it is really important to mention your achievements rather than simply tasks you worked with.

Skills: include the skills that are relevant for the specific job you are applying for and remember to differentiate the soft skills and hard skills.

 

Extra sections: such as Personal Projects, Conference and Courses, Publications, Volunteer Experience, etc. Include only if they are relevant to the company or job you are applying to.

How long should my CV be?

The ideal length for your CV is 1 page if you have less than 5 years of work experience and  2 (do not let it exceed 3) pages if you have more than 5 years of work experience.

 

It is highly recommended that your CV should not exceed 3 pages. This was the conclusion after extensive research with recruiters and employers from various industries.

Make sure to tailor your CV for each specific job opening or company and include only the information and experience that is relevant to this exact position. Read more

Key CV Formatting Points

  1. Keep your resume structure simple.

  2. Work ExperienceQualifications, Certifications & Training, Computer Applications, Personal Details, Languages, Skills, Areas of ExpertiseCareer Synopsis, Memberships, Projects, Achievements, etc are some very important inclusions in your CV.

  3. Use fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, etc

  4. The font size of "11" or "12" is ideal.

  5. If you are sharing a photo (most employers prefer seeing one), use a professional CV photo. Do not use holiday, work, dining, or party photo.

  6. Work experience should be presented in reverse chronological order (current or last job first)

  7. Do a spell check. Incorrect spellings reflect poorly. Grammarly.com is a free tool to help you.

  8. Subtitles can be made bold or CAPS. I personally prefer it bold and a size 2-3 points larger than the text.

  9. If you have less than 5 years of work experience, a one-page CV is best else a maximum of two pages which tends to be ideal.

  10. Use bullet points. Avoid long write-ups. You may want to keep 5-10 points per job description.

  11. Ensure the correct "keywords" are used in your CV since almost all recruitment agencies and human resource departments use keyword search options when finding suitable candidates.

  12. Consider a digital / video CV (with hyperlinks) along with the original hard copy. Prepare a script and practice using positive body language. Do not exceed 30-45 seconds for a video CV.

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How do we prepare your CV for a job?

Your CV is the most important documentation representation of yourself and hence it needs to be as close to perfect as possible.

While most CVs are generic and tend to be one size fits all, we disagree. One size does not fit all. Every CV you represent must be tailor-made (without lying or misrepresenting your CV) for the specific job you are applying.

We help hundreds of candidates both employed and unemployed prepare their CVs to suit their expertise – be it your experience, education, personality, or skills.

This is how we prepare your CV.

  1. We meet you and understand more about who you are and what you do, and we mean everything about you.​

  2. We then outline a specific CV design for you. It may be easy to use a standard CV template, but then even a template must be more YOU than just the document. Hence we do not always rely on a fixed CV template.

  3. We use tested CV designs and resume formats that we know have had an impact on hiring managers in the past. It is what hiring managers like and not what we want.

  4. CVs are professionally designed keeping in mind the information they should contain and formatting.

  5. Keyword utilization is especially used to beat the ATS (Application / Applicant Tracking System)

  6. These formats are then fine-tuned and finalized for you to use. A copy is automatically retained by us (if you choose) for our database, to allow us to contact you should we have an opportunity.

  7. Any minor editions to your CV can be done by you and we offer you free advice.

 

Duration For Completion: 4-5 working days

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