Right CV and avoiding howlers

Putting together a good curriculum vitae may not be too difficult, and yet it goes a long way in creating that much needed first impression. Here are a few helpful pointers:

Stating your purpose well in the beginning is extremely important. Your objective for applying has to be clearly stated. What are your aspirations from the job? What’s your target? All this should be clear to your new employer when he or she reads your CV.

Next, your CV has got to be short and crisp even if you’ve got three years of work experience and have quite a number of nice things to say on behalf of yourself. So try not getting carried away. Your CV should ideally not exceed two pages.

It is a good idea to highlight your achievements in your current job. Ideally, this should be one of the first components on the CV. It is the perfect way to generate interest in your prospective employer.

The first step in editing information and including the relevant bits is to look through your credentials properly and compare it with what you’re headed for. For instance you might have been a state level throw ball champion but it doesn’t really help your case when you are looking for a brand manager’s position in an organization. Also, the percentage you scored in the Board exams will make no sense if you’re already an MBA and are applying for a position as an investment banker.

Avoid acronyms

Include information about any kind of work experience that you might have had in the social, non-government sector. Companies have corporate social responsibilities and your worth just goes up a notch higher if you’ve engaged in such activities in the past.

More often than not, you end up with a slack period when you are switching jobs. Your employer will always be interested in knowing what you did when you were in between jobs. Be careful and smart about what you write in there. You’ll most likely be questioned about it.

Everything else set aside, your CV has to be visually neat and contemporary. Things like page alignments bullets and font should be decided wisely.

Mention date, place of birth, and current residence at the end of the CV. Personal information does not rally have to include father’s name, mother’s name and such like or you’ll end up making it look more like a passport application form.

Getting a job these days is highly difficult. And if your CV comes with these howlers, then you chances of getting a job are almost negligible. Read in and laugh out loud:

1) I am extremely loyal to my present firm, so please don’t let them know of my immediate availability
2) Qualifications: I am a man filled with passion and integrity, and I can act on short notice. I’m a class act and do not come cheap.
3) I intentionally omitted my salary history. I’ve mode money and lost money. I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. I prefer begin rich.
4) Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job hopping’. I have never quit a job.
5) Number of dependents: 40
6) Marital status: Often, Children: various
7) Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.

Reasons for leaving the last job:

1) Responsibility makes me nervous.
2) They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn’t work under those conditions.
3) Was met with a string of broken promises and lies, as well as cockroaches.
4) I was working for my mom until she decided to move.
5) The company made me a scapegoat – just like my three previous employers.

Job responsibilities

1) Please call me after 5:30 am because I am self employed and my employer does not know I am looking for another job.
2) My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I have no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.
3) I procrastinate – especially when the task is unpleasant

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