Making a CV can be very difficult and needs a lot of efforts but an employer takes an average of seven seconds to scan through the CV and decide if the candidate should be considered or not.

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a summary of your professional and academic history and achievements. CVs include information like your work experience, achievements, research projects, publications etc. While a resume provides a concise overview of your previous roles, skills and details about your education, a CV is a more detailed document focused on Academic coursework, achievements and research work.

Here are some things one should know while making a CV:

  1. Keep it to the Point

Employers spends an average of seven seconds on a CV and decide if the candidate should be considered or not. The CV should include everything that you think would make your application considered. Do not talk about your life story in the CV. Include your work experience, achievements and research work and publications. Keep it precise and to the point.

  1. Keep updating it

Most people send the same CV to different employers to save time. It is a big mistake. One should take time to update their CV to match the job there are applying for. One should take time to research about the company they are applying to, in order to specifically highlight the skills they are looking for. Making a CV takes effort and employers appreciate the effort reflected through an updated CV.

  1. Keep a record of your achievements

Keep a record of significant changes in your career, even when you are not looking out for a job. The records would help you to remember them and include in your CV to keep it up-to-date.

  1. Cover up the gaps

Gaps in the CV can make employers suspicious. Therefore, give a positive turn to the gaps. If you did a course, some volunteer work or developed some skills, during the time you were out of work, include it in your CV. It would cover up the gaps in your career and increase the chance of your application to be considered.

  1. Be Honest

It is said that everyone lies on their CV. It is a wrong notion because a bunch of lies in the CV can land you in a lot of trouble. Employers check the background and references of

the candidate and you will be easily caught in your lie. It will be worse during the interview when they ask a question about a skill that you claim to have and you are unable to answer. It will lead to an awkward situation. Therefore, be honest in your CV. Do not exaggerate. Talk of the skills and the experience you have and will be able to answer if asked about in the interview.

  1. Add a Personal Statement

Include a short personal statement at the end explaining why you will be best for the job. The statement needs to be short, precise and very persuasive to make the employer believe that you are truly the person for the job.

  1. Double-check your CV

Employers look for avoidable mistakes in the CV which will render your application rejected. It makes the applicant look irresponsible. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can be easily avoided by tools that are available online. Therefore, make the effort to check your CV thoroughly for small mistakes or ask someone to double-check it, before sending it off to the employer. A flawless CV will increase your chances of getting considered for the interview.

  1. Make your CV easy on the eyes

Literally speaking, make your CV look good. Keep your sentences short and use bullet points to make it easier to read. Use appropriate fonts which look civil for a job application. Divide it into categories and leave plenty of white space to make it easy on the eyes and easy to understand.

Making a CV might look difficult but when you put the effort in the right direction it won’t be that big of a hassle. Follow the tips given above, make the perfect CV and get that dream job.