Tips on Writing a Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Presentation is an important aspect of the C.V.
• Proforma C.V.s with blanks for the pot and the name of the employed are unacceptable as they show a lack of effort in preparation.
• Never handwrite your C.V.; always use a word processor or a typewriter if there is no other option.
• The format should be easy to read, in clear blocks.
• Check Spelling (particularly on the word (‘Curriculum Vitae ‘) and ensure and mistakes are correct even if it means going back to the beginning and starting all over again. First impression is the last Impression and even one mistake can spoil it all.
• This section should cover your name, address, date of birth, and a daytime contact number if any.
• Mention your email address only if asked for.
• Don’t include a photo unless requested to do so.
• In multinational company details about marital status, the number of children and so on is usually not asked as they are considered discriminatory (and may even be illegal).
• In India, the importance of these details varies from company to company. You have to decide for yourself how many personal details are relevant, and what kind of information a company has a right to know.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND ( most important)
• State the last qualification you acquired (Diploma in your case) and details of any special training you may have received.
• If this is you first job and you have little or no work experience, then you can give your twelfth standard or equivalent results. Otherwise it is not necessary.
• Do not abbreviate unless the abbreviation I universally understood such as MBA or MA. (A CACP from NIICT is meaningless).
• You may mention you special interests but in general terms, e.g. Literature, rock climbing, cricket. Do not mention special prizes or awards, if any.
• You may mention activities that reflect your leadership or administrative qualities, e.g. captain of cricket team, editorial of college magazine.
So these are some basic facts which you have to keeping mind while writing your Curriculum Vitae or Resume, people make small mistakes here and as the proverbs goes “First impression is the last impression”. By following these basic tips on writing Curriculum Vitae you will always have a good first impression and that is half the job done.