Design your CV don’t just write it Dr.

RKS Mangesh Dash Director, PGDM, DRIEMS Business School Tangi, Cuttack- 754022 Orissa, India Ph: +919437004139 Email: mangeshds@yahoo.co.in / mangesh.dash@driems.ac.in CV writing is a form of marketing or advertising, when the product is you. Therefore in your CV it's important to emphasise your attributes in strong, relevant and expressive terms; modesty doesn't work particularly well on any CV. Today for any job, well structured and well presented Curriculum Vitae (CV) is highly necessary, as this gives the first contact point with the organisation. A deep thought and layman’s understanding confirms that a CV should be so appealing that it will compel the employers to interact with you in person. It should express your competencies and should be able to create a positive, logical and visual image about you in the mind of the recruiter. Therefore mention high of you, elaborate your self esteem, emphasise your characteristics, your capabilities and achievements - but know where to draw the line. Positive emphasis and strong presentation is good; falsehoods are not. If we try to understand the science behind a successful CV, then the following aspects are to be considered: a. Even if the information in the CV is static, it should appear to be interactive. b. CV should be highly informative but should not carry unnecessary information. c. It should have candid information so that it can be filtered positively by the recruiter. d. It should confirm to the job specifications. e. It should be visually appealing. f. There are several formats to CV, but the logic appears to be same. g. If you need to send it by electronic mail, then the formatting is to be proper and locked so that the ‘TAB’ doesn’t get disturbed by the data transfer. h. CV should be written in such a way that the general eye movement of a person should be able to scan the important points. i. It should be legible and devoid of errors. j. It should not exaggerate. k. Above all, the data furnished should not be false. The common confusion: CV Resume and Bio data-different names for the same thing? People use the words RESUME, C.V., and BIO-DATA interchangeably for the document highlighting skills, education, and experience that a candidate submits when applying for a job. On the surface level, all the three mean the same. However, there are intricate differences.

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CURRICULUM VITAE: Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a Latin word meaning "course of life". 2 . nationality. is the old-fashioned terminology for Resume or CV. and positive visualisation: we tend to live up to our claims when we write them down and commit to them. jobs.powerful descriptions about yourself. and increasingly how the data is managed and processed. usually 2 to 3 pages. BIO DATA: Bio Data the short form for Biographical Data. and professional affiliations the applicant has acquired. A resume is ideally suited when applying for middle and senior level positions.RESUME: Resume is a French word meaning "summary". A CV must achieve a balance between presentation. The emphasis in a bio data is on personal particulars like date of birth. degrees. Next comes a chronological listing of education and experience. the presentation is also very important element in creating a lasting impression. education. It's related to self-talk. or when applying for research grants and other situations where one had to submit descriptive essays. content. on the other hand is the preferred option for fresh graduates. but only highlight specific skills customized to target the job profile in question. and those applying for academic positions. A resume seldom exceeds one side of an A4 sheet. only where experience and specific skills rather than education is important. used in applying for a new position. sex. Remember from a recruiter’s point of view the following information are very crucial and therefore these are to be carefully mentioned. but can run even longer as per the requirement. and true to the word meaning. All said and done. people looking for a career change. signifies a summary of one's employment. marital status. and the like. and other skills. However we will be using the word CV for our convenience confirming to the current practice. A CV generally lists out every skills. and at the most two sides. along with the glistening words. your personality and your strengths and capabilities . CV is therefore a regular or particular course of study pertaining to education and life. The term bio-data was mostly used in India while applying to government jobs. A CV. self-belief. race. usually in chronological order. religion. residence.actually helps you to become even more like the person you describe. They do not list out all the education and qualifications. Additionally writing such statements . A CV is more detailed than a resume.

Some of these include:            Career Objective (Does not form a part of the online searching process) Professional Summary (For immediate reference to the recruiter) Academic and Professional Qualification Age and Work Experience Relevant Work Experience Industry and organisations worked for Extra Curricular Activities Location Contact details such as address. and also that you have logical reasons for believing that a good fit exists between you and the employer. will suggest that you are recently available. CVs and letters with current dates. A well presented and well-structured CV also indicates that you are professional. The quicker the reader can read and absorb the key points the more likely they are to buy. telephone number and email etc. Therefore your CV should furnish these data positively so that it should be screened positive in the general search and filtering processes. focused. Professional Achievements/ Expertise Team Management and Hierarchy Level 3 . This means not using poor quality photo-copies. as it is in advertising. personal integrity. Original prints are best. Emotional maturity. selective. When you are selling anything you need to get to the key points quickly.Presentation and sequence of items with your CV are very important. that are purpose-written (tailored) for the recipient. professional and up-to-date. triumph over adversity. filter the CV through some search logics. all of which weighs heavily in your favour against all the mud-chuckers. the presentation of your CV needs to be of high quality. Irrespective of style and design. and other indicators of good character. clear. are powerful attributes and much sought-after by good employers. business-like and well organised. The MUST HAVE elements of a CV: Let us understand that most of the recruiters in general.

However do remember that writing this heading is not mandatory. Book Antica. you have to keep in mind that the contents are to be kept in proper formatting so that these will not be displaced during electronic transfer. The Indicator headings may have a font size varying from 12 to 14 and the scripts may have a font size varying from 10 to 12 depending on the font type. However in many occasions it is not required. The body: While writing the inner content in you CV. Bodoni. Book man. marital status etc. 4. Now let us understand how to design/write a CV: 1. Whether to include your photograph or not? Again this is a need based issue. Cambria. Courier. Top Heading: Align the top heading “Curriculum Vitae” at the centre. Put your contact and address details at the top of the CV if you have the slightest feeling that the vacancy or the screening process involves processing large numbers of applications. In such cases a professionally clicked photograph is a must and can be pasted on the top right corner of the resume. and in which basic skills and basic personal circumstances are the priority screening and selection criteria. What level of openness should you adapt regarding your personal details? You should always adapt the level of personal detail you include on your CV according to the security and trust that you believe is offered by the recipient or destination for your CV. Calibri. Where to put the contact details in the CV? Put the contact and address details at the foot of the CV for middle and senior job vacancies. Font Size: The top heading (Curriculum Vitae/Resume etc) may have a font size varying from 16 to 28. 3. If it is sent through electronic mail. Many professional CV do not have the heading. by presenting the white space for a soothing visual effect for the interviewer who otherwise would be irritated by the wastage of space for unnecessary texts.  Extra Curricular Activities Personal Details including gender. The only positive impact of excluding the heading is. You should also keep in mind that declaring or being too open about your personal details should not attract attention for wrong reason or misused. There are some sectors in which self presentation demands a great attention. Verdana. Times New Roman. 4 . 2. Trebuchet MS. If handed over in hard copy it is wise to mention the same in the heading lest it gets lost with other documents usually piled in the offices or finds its place in a wrong file. The Fonts: Some of the fonts which can be used in a CV are Arial. then the need is negligible as the subject line already tells the recipient about the attachment. Tahoma etc. The intricacies which cannot be overlooked: To write CV/CURRICULAM VITAE in the heading or not The need of mentioning Curriculum Vitae as the heading depends on how it reaches the recipient. Arial Narrow. when you want maximum impact for your job-related strengths. Use a font size of 16-28 depending upon the font you are using.

Career objective: Now give a single line gap to the above table and try to write your career objective. and contribute continuously towards the better financial health of the organisation. 7. Summary of your CV: This will help the recruiter to have a glimpse of your total CV and decide its worth for a through scanning. Give your telephone number in international code format such as +91-location code-phone number. steer clear out of funny ones or unprofessional ones like manojforyou@gmail. Eg. Qualification: While you are writing your qualification. Then you have to insert appropriate data into it. In case your email id has an underscore symbol in it. A career is a continuous progress of your professional portfolios. you can also give your mobile number in the same format as +91-mobile number. Do write High School Certificate or the name of your exam as it appears in your pass certificate. rather you can write that you want to grow in the field of finance etc. your specialisation. your division or distinction (may skip if your division is not impressive). One example could be: To grow up in the field of finance. it would be wise to create one with a dot to avoid printing/typing errors. That is why when you are writing your career objective don’t write that you want to join as a management trainee. The qualification should have the information like the name of the examination. Note the formatting of the text box. the domain of your work. (The text box should not be highlighted with black border rather it should have no boarder) Write Name Write address Insert Photograph 5. just remember not to write ‘matric’ or ‘matriculation’ for the 10th examination. the major achievements and Career Objective : 8 9 5 . Do remember that a career objective should contain information like career growth. Career objective is not mandatory. The font size of the heading could be about 14-16 depending upon the font. The font size could be about 14-18 depending upon the font. in the address filed.” Rather write ‘Rahul Mishra’ and remember don’t use the inverted commas.The contents are to be locked in proper text boxes. then in your name field don’t write in this way: “Name: Rahul Mishra. mention the heading as “Address for Correspondence:” (without inverted commas) and then write your address below the heading. Eg. the board. Write your address in detail along with the pin code. the font is to be title case (use upper case letters) and the name is to be left aligned. Remember that career objective is position objective are not the same thing. Address: While you are writing your address. Professional experience: Do highlight your professional experience in terms of the year of experience. However the grids of the text box are to be kept hidden (or in no boarder format) Therefore you have to draw a table in no border format. delivering organisational citizenship behaviour and having a mutual beneficial association with the organisation. While writing your email ids. year of passing (or appeared). Name: While writing your name. symbiotic relationship with the organisation as well as your proposed contribution. but it makes the recruiter aware of your desire to be associated with the kind of post and how you want to grow.com. If your name is Rahul Mishra. 6. the kind of organisation.

Reference: Reference should be mention only on request. page numbers. and you’ll be more likely to have prospective employers call you. Awards and Accolades: Do mention about the awards. So make the necessary alterations now before you send your CV anywhere. You must present it upfront and in doing so. Ensure that your most important selling information is on the top half of page one. rather write married or unmarried. volume number. Your personal Profile: Do mention the data such as your date of birth. It should not appear in CV sent through electronic mails. Capture their attention early and they will read on. This in general gives your overt behaviour and how you tend to distress or have your stress relaxations. We know. Seminar Presentations: Do mention about the seminar presentations in detail. Training and projects: Do mention your summer training. If you have worked in multiple organisations. While mentioning the marital status do not write “single. your key learning. The above mentioned tips will definitely give some information about why you’re the best candidate to fill that particular job title. They will not waste their time looking through your CV to find critical information. dissertations. marital status etc. it encourages them to read on. leaving no doubt in your recruiter’s mind about who you are. as well as the name of the organisation. Publications: Do mention if you have any publications in your kitty. Professional Associations: If you are member of any professional bodies. which can be used as the space for your signature (to be avoided in case sent by electronic mail). The tips provided here are to ensure a recruiter or employer spends atleast 5 minutes getting excited about your CV and then long to interact with a GREAT candidate that they have sketched in their mind. and projects your have undertaken. felicitations or any other accolades you have received. year. Mention about the name of the journal /book. gender. All the best! 6 . publisher. languages known.10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 contributions. Also mention if you have undergone any other professional training. then furnish all the details. the average CV gets reviewed in the least possible time. do mention that. double” etc. Signature: It should contain your name on the left hand bottom. In case of projects and dissertations or any specific research a line of description of the research will provide some additional information to the recruiter. Declaration: Declaration is also optional. Hobbies/Interest: Mentioning your interests would have an upper hand compared to hobbies.