How to Write a Proper CV? 10 Golden Rules

WRITTEN BY Saumya Jaiswar news

Difference between a CV and a resume?

If you're applying to a European firm, you should create a CV & if applying to US-based employer, you should make a resume. A resume is brief(max 1 page) whereas CV is elaborate.

Must-have Sections on CV

Contact information, CV Summary or objective, Work experience, Skills and Education is the most important sections to mention.


Optional Sections on CV

You can also add Certifications and awards, Languages, Personal projects and Volunteer Experience.

Keep it one page in length

You should only go for 2 pages if you’re confident you can’t summarize yourself in 1 page, exclude unnecessary information.

Proper Font, Size and Headings

To make it easier for the interviewer/recruiter, maintain consistency with the colours, font size, and headings, pick a font with some contrast. Use Roboto, Overpass, Ubuntu, etc.

Clarity of all Details

To make it easier to read, ensure there are enough margins and spaces between the text. choose the proper font size (14-16pt for section titles, 11-12pt for normal text).


How to Grab the HR Manager’s Attention?

Make sure the terminology you use is understandable to the HR manager; if it requires more than one reading, they won't.

Does your CV pass the 6-second test?

The objective and summary of your CV should highlight your key skills and experience this will compel the recruiter to read full CV.

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Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t title the document 'curriculum vitae', Use professional fonts like Times New Roman, using clear spacing and bullet points, print CV on white A4 paper.

Finalizing Your CV

Check your spelling and grammar, Read your CV as if you were the company you are applying to, Get someone else to read it for feedback.


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