How To Prepare and Format Your CV?

All you need to know about your resume

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

You can consider it a marketing document because its purpose is to sell you to the prospective employer. Make sure to address how your previous achievements and skills will bring value and solve their current challenges. We have prepared 43 resume building tips to help you structure and design your CV to get maximum attention from recruiters and hiring managers.

A good CV will include your Work Experience, Skills (+Technical Skills or Soft Skills, depending on the industry/job), Education (if relevant for the current position you are applying for), Languages, Skills, and Personal Projects or Volunteer Experience.

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.

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

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 employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and job description.

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

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.

The ideal length for your CV is 1 page if you have under 5 years of work experience and a maximum of 2 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

  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 ideal else a maximum of two pages. If more than 5 years, do not exceed 3 pages (a two page CV is ideal)

  10. Use bullet points. Avoid long write-ups. You may want to keep 5-8 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.

What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

What must your CV contain?

How long should my CV be?

Pay Attention to these CV formatting points

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

       KEYWORD UTILISATION is especially used to beat the ATS (Application / Applicant Tracking System)

  • We prepare 2 formats for your review -  one master CV format and one specific to your key role.

  • 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.

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

  • We also offer DIGITAL CV preparation services. Costs are different but then so is the ease.

 

Duration For Completion: 24-72 hours (maximum) after meeting you.

What You Get: A Bio, A Cover Letter and a CV

Cost: Varies depending on your experience.

How do we prepare your CV for a job?