A good CV is a CV that gets attention by the head of the company, the hiring committee, the hiring manager, the human resource department or passed by the ATS (Applicant Tracking System). A good CV is the CV that brings you to the interview stage. Here we’re going to cover all the steps and tips on making a good CV.
A good CV has all the things the employers search and need in a potential employee, beside a cover letter and additional requirement document. To leave the reader with no doubt about your suitability, you must present a strong CV that clearly conveys the important information.
First General Step
Adjust the format of your CV text, such as font, font size, line and paragraph spacing to the format that is readable.
First Specific Step
Personal bio/data or/and contact information.
How: Write down your full name, current address, your professional email, your phone number, your LinkedIn profile.
Second Specific Step
Put a photo.
How: Use a photo that is quite formal, look convincing, and scream integrity.
Third Specific Step
Write down your professional summary, your CV/Resume objective or your career objective section.
How: Read more about the career objective section here.
Fourth Specific Step
Write down your educational background.
How: List the recent education you have obtained, write down the major you’ve graduated in first, the institution’s name, the years of education, the summary of your education.
Fifth Specific Step
Write down your organization experience.
How: Write down chronologically based, your recent experience, your recent volunteer work in an organization. Write down the position, the organization’s name, the summary of your position, and the months/years you’re in the organization.
Sixth Specific Step
Write down your work experience.
How: Write down your work experience, it can be your internship experience. Write the position, the name of the company or institution, the year of the experience, and the summary of the job description.
Seventh Specific Step
Write down your academic and non-academic accomplishment.
How: Write down the title of the achievement, the year you’ve obtained, and the institution’s name.
Eighth Specific Step
Write down your skills.
How: It can be hard and soft skills. You can write quantifiable measurements, such as language skill in Spanish with a score 4 out of 5.
Ninth Specific Step
Write down your hobby.
How: Your hobby boosts the uniqueness of your life in the CV.
Tenth Specific Step
Write down the references of your previous organization and work experience.
How: This is optional to put. Don’t forget the etiquette to inform your reference first that they become your reference. They can tell your new employer about your work.
- Pay attention to details, pay attention to the probability of typo.
- Adjust or differentiate every job you apply for. The hiring committee can sense if it’s copy paste to every job you’re applying for.
- Adjust the design template of your CV, you can choose a design template that’s maximalist for the creative industry, or a design template that’s minimalist for a non-creative industry. Here are some examples of the design template.
- Adjust or match your experiences words to the words of the job description of the job vacancy you’re about to apply for, so it can pass the ATS (Applicant Tracking System).