Cv/Resume is the entrance point to any firm. Fresh graduates do mistakes and they don’t realize at first stage. Recruiters never bother to see your whole CV/Resume in the first sight. If they don’t find best skills set for the opportunity in the first look, they move on. And job seeker lose the opportunity except having skills
Guidance for CV
I have seen the CVs and Resumes of most the Job Seekers but I am afraid almost every CV/Resume has almost the same errors. So I am writing this to point out the common mistakes.
Keep in mind following steps listed below:
1: Job Seeker Email Address
2: Proof Reading:
Please proofread your document. Make sure it doesn’t have any spelling or grammatical errors and mistakes. You can check your grammar or spell mistakes on Grammerly.
3: Reference Section:
Please remove that References heading which says ‘References will be furnished on requests’. It is a wastage of space on your document. If you have some approaches, t can directly involve in recruiting process.
4: Personal Information:
Please don’t include you Personal information like CNIC(Computerized National Identity Card) number. Why? because a good firm only verifies its employee after first interview or second. They don’t concern with your CNIC number.
5: Objective or Personal Statement
If you have added either ‘Objective’ or ‘Personal Statement’ in your document, make sure it is not copied from google or friend’s document. Sometimes, brotherhood is on peak and friends just change their personal info and all the CV remain same.
6: Submission Format
Most importantly save your document in ‘PDF’ Format and should be named as ‘FirstName LastName-CV.pdf’ for e.g. ‘Ahmed Khan-CV.pdf’. Most of the CV I find are saved with the name Resume or CV. In result file is overwritten when other files with the same name downloaded & it is difficult for the recruiter to find your CV.
7: Fonts (most important)
Use Regular Fonts in your document like Arial, Times new Roman or Calibri. Don’t use fancy fonts like Comic Sans etc. Try to keep your document precise. A 1 page CV is the best document. Although, up to 2 pages is OK too for fresh graduates. But experienced CV can vary. Font size should be 11/10 for content and 12/14 for headings.
8: Personal Photograph
You are going to be hired on the basis of your skills, not on the basis of how you look. If you want to add the photograph, make sure it is formal.
9: Job Irrelevant Skills
Please don’t add any skill that is not relevant to the job you are applying for. And don’t add any skill in which you are not good at all.
10: Don’t keep a general CV format
The CV/Resume should be different for every other job that you are applying. Make sure you read the job description. Try to add the requirements in your document which are mentioned in the job description.
11: Identical Cover Letter
Do write a cover letter in the email while sending the CV. The Cover letter should be written in the email. Don’t attach the document of the cover letter in the email. Technically a resume has a cover letter attached with it but CV doesn’t have any cover letter. The Cover letter should be good in format. Must mention job position or working domain in which you want to work.
12: Email Subject
Almost all openings mention the subject of the email. So make sure, the subject of the email should be proper and according to the position.
13: Previous Experience
Don’t mention any job experience if you have not a certificate or good experience with your post team members. Sometimes firm/company do inquiry.
14: Interview Preparation
Please don’t appear in the interviews unprepared! It gives a bad impression of not only yours but the institution too. Make sure you are well prepared and serious for the interview. Try to be at your best. If you want time, you can ask on email humbly from the HR to give you another date and time for the interview if it is possible for them. Don’t miss any interview without letting them know! the time is precious.
15: Online CV Builders
There are many online CV builders you can find on google. Some of them are:
That’s all for now. Keep reading and do comments if you want to contribute more points. Save the time of others and yours too.
SUCCESS IS YOURS!!!
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