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GuidelinesandTipsforthe
INSEADCVBook
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CVGuidelinesfortheINSEADCVBook
The following CV Guidelines will assist you in developing your CV for the INSEAD CV Book. As the
maximumlengthof the CVin theINSEAD CV book is one pageitisessentialthatyouwriteinaclear,
concisestyle.
Makesuretohave2emailaddresses,notmore.INSEADemailaddressis
includedbydefaultandyouneedtoaddonepersonalemailaddress
Enteratleastonepermanentphonenumber
Considerthissectionifyouarefocusedonaparticularindustry/functionor
changingcareers
Thisshouldbeanoverviewofyourskills/expertiseandgoals/plans
Keepitconciseandspecificthisshouldencouragetheemployertoread
therestoftheCV
Tip:WriteeitherofthesesectionsafteryouhavewrittenyourCVitwillbemuch
easiertosummarise
Inreversechronologicalorder
Listallfulltimepositionsaswellasanyimportantparttimejobs
Indicatethesizeandimportanceofyourpreviousemployerunlessitisa
verywellknownorganisation
Donotmakealaundrylistofallyourresponsibilitiespickthekeyones
whicharethemostrelevanttotheroleyouareapplyingfororwhereyou
hadthemostimpact
Describewhatyouvedoneintermsofaccomplishmentsi.e.theoutcome
orimpactoftheworkyoudid
Wheneverpossible,quantifyaccomplishmentsorachievementsintermsof
numbers,processorpeopleimprovementformaximumimpact
Includedegree,dateofgraduation,major(ifapplicable)
Includeanyawards,meritlistorotherachievements
YoucanaddGMAT(>720)orotherscoresonlyifgoodlistpercentile
Listoutthelanguagesyouwanttoincludeandthelevelofproficiencyi.e.
Native,Business,FluentandBasic(understudy)
Includeotherpaidwork,internships,relevantvolunteerandcommunity
work
PublicationsandConferences,SpecialAwardsorProfessional
Associations
Usethissectiontoillustratewhoyouareasaperson,yourpassions
Focusonafewactivities(teamorindividual)andindicatedepthof
achievemente.g.levelofexpertise,awards/honors
Bespecificandusethisplatformtodifferentiateyourselfandindicatea
wellroundedpersonalitye.g.avoidgeneralactivitiesliketravel,reading
Startwithactiveverbsratherthanjustlistinghobbies
ContactDetails
Objectiveor
Summary
(optional)
Professional
Experience
Education
Languages
OtherExperience
SpecialSections
(optional)
PersonalInterests
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10TipstocreateaCV
WritingyourCVisoneofthemostimportantstepsyouwilltakeduringyourjobsearchsomake
suretospendtimeandeffortonit.HerearesomegeneraltipstomakesureyourCVisimpactful:
YourCVshouldfulfilthreecriteria: tellwhoyouare,createapositiveimpressionandmake
thereaderwanttofindoutmoreaboutyou.
KeepyourCVtotherightlengthnomorethanonepageandatleastpagelong.Make
sureitisnottoodenseandbusysomewhitespaceontheCVisgood.
EnsurealldatesontheCVareinreversechronologicalorder,thattheyconnectandthere
arenogaps
UsestrongactionverbsandavoidrepeatingthesameverbsdonotuseMyorI
Focusonkeyachievementsandusebulletpointformattolistkeyexperiences35bullets
isoptimum
Avoidjargonandoverstatingaccomplishmentsespeciallygroupvs.individualcontribution
SpellcheckandgrammarcheckyourCVproofreadcontenttoensureconsistency
Usethesameformatandspacingthroughoutforconsistencynoboldandunderlinedtext
inthemiddleofsentences
Providefacts/figurestosupportyouraccomplishments
o usestandardcurrencyabbreviationsi.e.kforthousand,Mormformillionand
bnforbillion
o MakesuretospecifycurrencyspecifictothecountryofworkorconverttoUSDor
Euro
CustomizeyourCVtothejobyouarelikelytotarget.