Making a great Resume: Get the basics right

Posted on 26th Apr 2018 | 18198 views

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When you start out to create a curriculum vitae or resume, there is no single format that is guaranteed to get you the eyeballs of recruiters. However, there are a few basic rules for creating a resume that you should keep in mind. The primary feature of a CV should be that it clearly explains to the reader 'the achievements made so far in your career by you.' Your CV should be:


*A well-presented, selling document

*A source of interesting, relevant information

*A script for talking about yourself

The main objective of your CV is not to get you the job but to get you an interview. Remember: you are not writing a CV for yourself, you are writing it for the reader.

You can choose to create any obe of the following types of CVs -

A standard two-page printed CV

*A one-page summary CV

*An online CV

Whatever be the format, your CV should include:

*Personal Details

*Skills and Career Summary

*Key Achievements


*Career History

Don't forget: The ultimate goal of your CV is to see whether it meets the needs of the person making the shortlisting decision. When you submit a printed CV to a recruiter or a potential employer, it is an introduction to yourself that should prompt them to try and know more about you

*Use a good quality paper, and print your CV in black ink on white paper. Covering letters should use identical stationery.

*Lay your CV out neatly

*Don't make the margins too deep or too narrow

*Resist writing lengthy paragraphs - be concise

*Careful use of bold type can be effective

*Typefaces such as Times New Roman or Arial are fairly standard

*Do not use type size less than 11 pt.

*Check thoroughly for spelling or typographical errors - Don't rely on a spell checker.

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