How to write a good CV?

19 Nov , 2018

A first step towards any job search is forwarding your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV). Your CV is the first impression to your future employer. The first result of whether you will be screened for further process depends on how good your resume/CV is. Since CV is taken as a corner stone in building a successful career, we will shed light on some important points concerning it and share some tips and tricks for writing a good CV. Remember, while writing a good CV your qualifications and characteristics should jump off when employers is looking over your resume quickly.


Understanding CV and Resume

What is Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

Curriculum vitae means course of life in Latin. CV is a short written description of your education, qualifications, previous jobs, and sometimes your personal interests, that you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job.

What is Resume?

A resume is typically a summary of your education and work experience. It might also contain a snapshot of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments to capture the interest of your prospective employer.

What is the difference between a CV and a Resume?





Covers the full record of the career history

Brief, targeted list of skills and achievements


CV is detailed description, especially of your experiences and can stretch beyond two pages

A resume is a brief summary of your qualification and experience covering not more than one page


There is a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual

Details of the resume will be tailored to each position and information can be shuffled to best suit the applicant’s need


Generally used in academic and medical circles and when you have lot of experiences to put forward

Generally used in corporate sector and by fresher with little experience to showcase


Resumes are preferred in North America whereas CV is widely used in UK and other European countries. However, CV and resume are used interchangeably in our part of the world.  

How to write an effective CV?

Now you might be wondering how can you make a good CV to get shortlisted for a job?

By now, we have established the fact that we can use both CV as well as resume to apply for any job, let us look at the important contents of the CV that will uplift the chances of you getting shortlisted.

  1. Title: Always begin your CV with your name. Avoid using Curriculum Vitae or Resume as your title. Use your name as a title itself if you have to.


  1. Contact information: The second most important content is your contact address. It is necessary to include your updated phone number, email and address. Apart from making it easy to contact you, the recruiter will have the ease to determine your availability to work on the required location on the basis of your address. You can include your LinkedIn profile too, but only if it is updated.


  1. Career objective: Include your career objective below your personal profile clearly stating who you are, what your career goals are and what you can offer to the company. It is necessary to keep in mind to tailor the career objective to the respective job you are applying.


  1. Core Strength: You can also list down your core strengths. List down key skill sets and industry relevant keywords.


  1. Experience: Next comes your employment history. You should always list your experiences in the reverse chronological order. You can also include any internships and traineeships if it helps in the applied position. When listing each position of employment, state your job title, the employer, the dates you worked and a line that summarizes the role. Then bullet point your key responsibilities, skills and achievements. It is advisable to include only the most relevant experiences for the position applied for if you have years’ worth of experiences.


  1. Education: After listing down your career history, clearly state your schooling from the most recent institution you’ve attended, with all dates, locations and certification received. Bear in mind that your educational achievements needs to be elaborated even more if you are a fresher with little or no experience. Hence, you can include your course description with major subjects studied.


  1. Accomplishments: You can also list your professional skills, trainings, and any relevant awards and certifications. Also, freshers can emphasize their relevant accolades, seminars, participations to earn some brownie points.


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