Writing a resume is a daunting task. So, here’s a step by step process on how to write one!
This template is designed to help you draft a professional and compelling CV.
With this template, you will learn what the different sections in a professional CV are, how to structure and write your significant achievements in your CV, and what the style and language should be in your CV.
Your CV should have a clear and consistent structure, with all relevant headings. Ensure there are line breakers between different sections and all points within a section follow a reverse chronological order.
Important Tips for CV Writing
- Use consistent font throughout your CV
- Use Bold and Italic to highlight critical information in your CV
- Quantify your success and achievements
- Don’t mention a section, if you don’t have any data for it
- Always include your name, email address, and phone number in the top left or right column so that the recruiter can quickly identify you and contact you. Don’t put unnecessary details like nationality, parents name, marital status unless especially asked. These details are irrelevant for the recruiters
- Ensure your email ID is professional with your first and last name. Avoid Email IDs such as email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bonus – Always make a LinkedIn profile and add a link to it in your CV. LinkedIn Profile’s are a great way to look professional and differentiate your candidature vis-à-vis peers. Check out mine.
Work Experience and Internships
- Mention the scope of your internship and how your work contributed to the overall workflows of the business. For instance, if you did Market Research in an internship mention how those insights were utilized in building a promotion or product launch strategy for the business.
- Communicate the impact of your work along with your responsibilities. Use statements such as I achieved this…., I raised XYZ amount for ……, Organized an event for 1000 students, or the key findings of my work were used for…
- Ensure you mention only internships that are credible or relevant to the role. Avoid saying nepotistic internships that you have no idea about.
Position of Responsibility
- Mention the organization or society and your role/position in the organization. Explain your responsibilities and achievements and how it contributed to the overall work of the organization.
- Communicate the impact of your work along with your responsibilities.
- Make sure you choose relevant and recent positions. For example – Being a Prefect in 12th grade is relevant but in 5th grade is irrelevant. Volunteering for one day at an underprivileged school is irrelevant and managing the volunteer base for an NGO is irrelevant.
Skills and Achievements
- Mention any achievements and skills you have acquired in the recent past. If you won an entrepreneurship competition in the last 2-3 years, it counts. However, avoid mentioning how you won debating or poetry competitions in 5th grade.
- Specify your proficiency levels realistically. If you know Macros and Visual Basic programming in Excel you are skills are Advance. If you know Data Validation, Pivot Tables, and Vlookup – it’s intermediate.
- Regarding your achievements, mention results, and scope. For instance, if you won a case study competition, mention won First Prize in a Case Study Competition with 50 participating teams.
Based on the points discussed and the learning, make your CV and create the best first impression.