There is actually no such thing as right or wrong ‘curriculum vitae’ since it’s not a legal document. But the mere fact that your destiny in job hunting relies in this piece or sheets of paper, how can you not afford to be right? For sure you would want to be right and land the job that suits you!
Again, there is no sole “right ” way of writing and presenting a CV. But take note, read the following, these general rules may apply…
- Make very sure that you target the specific job. You have to specifically know what particular career area that you are applying. This will enable to bring out the necessary or relevant skills you must offer.
- Make sure that the curriculum vitae is carefully and clearly expressed, logically presented, easy to read and comprehensive
- Make sure that your CV or resume is informative but not necessarily long. It needs to be capsulated already!
- Make sure that the information presented is Meaning, right and correct in content, grammar and spelling of course! If you said attention to detail or highlight as a skill, make sure that your spelling & grammar is perfect!
One survey of employers found the following mistakes were most common…
According to some employers, the most common mistakes that they read in a CV are the following. You have to know it of course to avoid it!
- Spelling and grammar
- Not Suited to the job they are applying for
- Either too long or too short. The length is not right and with poor work history.
- Used Poor format, no use or over used of bullets
- Having no accomplishments
- Absence of Contact Numbers & E-mail address
- Objective and goal for applying profile is too vague
- Obvious lying (inconsistency)
So now that you know, will you still commit the same mistake?
How-to’s in Presenting Your CV
- You have to be positive at all cost– you have to project yourself confidently. Make sure to highlight your strongest points. But avoid being over confident. Your future employer may be annoyed. Specifically, when listing your levels (may it be education or skills), put the highest down to the lowest.
- You have to be honest – Since CV is not a legal document, you can actually not include some details on something that you would prefer to keep a secret (in good faith), but then, make very sure that you will not be able to give a totally contradicting or misleading information. Remember that any lapses or false information you provide will give the employer the automatic right to just junk you! And wait, take note that covering your resume is an application letter which usually includes a statement certifying all the info you provided is true and correct. So be careful!
- Remember that the sweetest part of a CV is the spot that tends to pay most attention of the employer. So be careful in writing essential information at the upper part of your CV. Good luck then in your next job hunting!