Making the Right first impression: CV writing!
- January 12, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Campus Placements
It is often said that the first impression is the last impression; this is especially true when it comes to campus recruitment as CV screening is the first step to select/reject a candidate. A CV is a summary of your educational and academic background. It’s usually 1-2 pages long and can be used as your marketing document.
An employer typically spends around 20-30 seconds in screening a CV and therefore it becomes essential to highlight the right points and ensure it’s not cumbersome. Colleges and companies usually follow a standard format to maintain consistency so ensuring your CV fits the bill is the first stage.
The second and the most important consideration is to ensure your CV includes relevant details that are of value to the employer and exclude unnecessary information like family details etc. You should really spend some time here to research the needs of the company and accordingly highlight your offering that is of value to the potential employer.
The third stage is to word it right. This includes the use of active voice instead of passive, action words etc. There are a lot of websites that provide you a free Resume score like Naukri etc. this can help you determine the efficacy of your resume.
Last but not the least; ensure that the details you have mentioned are correct. Mentioning fewer achievements is always better than mentioning fake achievements that you may not be able to justify in the event of cross questioning by the panel. So the key lies in keeping it precise yet persuasive.
Evaluate your resume
Important things to Note:
- Your CV should match the profile of the desired Job
- Should not be more than two pages
- Relevant information only-Avoid family details
- Use active voice instead of passive voice
- Have the right keywords