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variants! The CV is the first window through which the company knows about you. Therefore putting one’s best foot forward in that piece of paper becomes important. Go all out over the next few weeks and do the best you can! The typical method that companies use when they go through 400 odd resumes is one of the 10 second rule. It takes 10 seconds for a company to decide whether a CV is of interest to them or not. After these 10 seconds, if they like what they see, they would give it a more thorough read. Given this extremely short span in which the company is trying to gauge your life, each and every thing on the CV including how you present it becomes important. BEFORE YOU BEGIN Collect 10-15 CV from the senior batch that you like for different reasons (use of color, use of font, similar points to you, similar profile as you, well-balanced, optimal use of space, interned in one of the top 2 sectors of your choice, etc.) Remember that no CV is perfectly good or bad. This step is of utmost importance and will help to clarify many of your doubts List down your learnings from the Internship Debriefings, Sector REMs and other interactions Choose 4-5 Tucchas who can help in reviewing your CV. Do not choose too many, it is important to go by your gut instinct too! DO NOT mass mail people in ‘bcc’ and expect a reply! This group must have at least 1 person from your own / similar college and people who interned in the top 2 sectors of your choice. Do not hesitate in reaching out to Dorm Tuchhas, Mentors or CV Mentors for the same CONTENT Every CV point is important: Each sentence of your CV says something about you. Make sure you read and re-read your CV to ensure each point is coming out just right Use numbers as far as possible: Qualifying an achievement with numbers makes that achievement easy to judge. When one is looking at resumes across sectors the person looking at the CV is not from the same sector as you, comparison is better possible only through numbers. Ex: a) Improved performance efficiency by 120% b) Scored Distinction with 120/125 marks c) Ranked 300 out of 250,000 candidates OR secured 99.xx percentile, etc. Include all details where relevant: Make sure you include these details - what is the point about? What was your role in the point? What was the outcome? The duration of the point. Eg, if it is your project at work then: I led a team of 4 members on implementing XYZ. My company earned Rs. ABC due to these efforts. The project duration was Jan 10-Jun 10. Note: the illustration covers the point but is not the best way to present it. Use the context to find the apt usage! Sections in the CV: Typical sections in the CV are Professional Experience, Educational Background, Academic Achievements, Projects and Practical Experience (Entrepreneurial Achievements?), Positions of Responsibility, Extracurricular achievements, Hobbies and Interests. Some of these
etc.. consider including projects.. but tables come across very neat and it’s easy to skim through the resume quickly. followed by merging and splitting cells is one great way to keep it neat. Instituted a new.. use IT jargon them for Systems CV only (if you are from IT). similar for the extra-curricular section.. Make these strong points FEEL The importance of this section cannot be understated!! Basic rules: Bullets do not end with full-stops. Remember that the person viewing the CV is not from your background.. Typically the top 20% of the resume is one where the eye automatically goes to. Avoid Jargon unless necessary or commonly used. For instance.. try covering it with GPA in some subjects which you performed very well in. between –ize and –ise). Decide between American or UK English (most commonly. Give yourself a role in that point. if you have a low undergraduate GPA. If you feel you section on scholastic achievements is week. internships and courses you did well in What you come across as: Your CV tells a story about you. Typically most CVs before you come to IIM may not have been in the table format.. Spell-check! You will be surprised at the number of CVs that do not follow these rules! Use of Tables: Making your CV as a 50-row & 4 column table.. Ex: Impacted profits. Go through different resumes and see how they have used these and choose one that suits your need Attracting attention to certain parts of resume: Each resume has its strong points. Some other impact words can be used to express the same idea giving a stronger notion to what you had done in that role. try to cover it up with a stronger attaching point. you may find necessary in your resume and some you may not want to include. experiment to see what looks good. Use of non-understandable jargon only alienates them.sections. Shading of a section (not too apparent!) and bolds (not too frequent) may be another means of attracting attention to a section Keep a balanced CV: Try to have 3-4 points in each section. Exceptions can be made if you have very high work experience ... Yet don’t include a section where you are filling in points for the sake of it... You may want to include a point or two in the end about what your interests are. Start of sentences with these action words. Use bolds and color (usually grey). Use of multi-column tables in a certain section is also a way to attract attention there. It is also possible in the PORs section to use tables to classify the institution. Spearheaded initiative. Use of Action Verbs: (Just Google CV action verbs). Think about the CV from the interviewer's perspective and see if you can talk to him without putting him to sleep Covering up weak points: When you have a weak point that you have to include in the CV. Given a sentence like “Was part of a team. Try to use impact words as far as possible. role. Created something. Make sure that your CV looks balanced... Try to include strong points in each of them. Decide where you want to attract attention. Implemented objectives.. For instance. Pioneered concept...” sounds weaker than “Chosen as a team-member”. your contribution easily.
You may want to focus on your work experience for certain roles. and no-one but you can decide what is best for it. font types and sizes. Once you create one strong resume. but that is the least we can do! Then go back to your Master CV and check if all that you wanted to include has been done MORE BASIC POINTS More points that you can fit in one page: Use points that are crucial to every resume and then play around with points you want to include/not include in different variants. Remember at the end of the day it’s your CV. We may not be able to change what we have done in our past years. having different variants is a question of just minor tweaks From 1 variant to many: Do not tweak around with fonts. Try to not exceed one or two lines per point. Do this for sure. You may want to have a very balanced CV for General Management roles. but your education background for others Moving sections around in Variants: Ok so you have been told that certain sections are more important than others for certain kinds of companies. there are only different resumes. If he smells a lie/ half-truth. A good-looking CV is sometimes as important as a CV with good points. yet there may be some things that all of you may gain from. But remember that the person will judge you through those 15-20 min of interaction. So do well. A thing to note in the CV making process is that there is no better or worse resume. but only if you think it doesn’t mess with the look of your CV too much Do not misguide people through your CV: You may think that a partial truth may be fine in a CV point. Reviewing once you are done: It’s very important to take a printout of your 1-pager and show it to Tucchas and friends for aesthetics Is there too much white space in parts of CV? Are the bolds clearly differentiated? Is the use of color appropriate? Is the font legible? Is formatting and style consistent? Are there too many white spaces? All these are to be answered. use of bullets. Ask Tucchas from different fields. etc. and All the Best! . What most people tend to do is to play around with the order of sections for different variants. feel free to go with what you think is right for your resume. As interviewers say. and each resume is good in a very different and unique way. he would not trust the rest of your CV Prepare and prepare again: convince yourself that you know the points in your CV and you can speak about them to anyone under any circumstance. Use tabs.Spacing to each point: Keep each point as a bullet point. the biggest mistake you can make is not knowing your own CV Many of these points may seem very obvious to many of you. Do not leave large spaces on the right (also known as ‘orphans’) Ensure consistent formatting: Check for alignment. Yet. however stressful. Try always to look at it from the other person's (CV Viewer's) point of view. formatting.