Thursday, November 28

How to write a CV or Curriculum Vitae

Finally you need it. Its time for you to prepare a CV. A CV or a curriculum vitae tells about the prolonged history of candidate’s achievements in the chronological order. There are number of things to be included in a CV, but “What should we include?”. It should not exaggerate the irrelevant skills rather should present you as a right candidate for the job. Always remember to list all the skills in reverse chronological order. It should have the following things:

·         Cover Letter: It focuses on those skills and accomplishments which are most relevant to the job. Though it can be ignored but its good to include it.

·         Heading: Name, Addresses, Phone no, E mail addresses.

·         Education: List all the degrees received.

·         Certifications & Training:  Write all the certifications done.

·         Honors & Awards: Recipient of competitive scholarships, fellowships, assistant ships etc.

·         Relevant Experience: List of experiences i.e. full-time; part-time; volunteer; temporary;or permanent. Be very selective in choosing the words, basically which denote the action.

·         Publications: These are really the assets for an individual. Always remember that you may get a lot of questions based on your publications. Basically you should list all the publications as this is the contribution which you have made to the subject and is likely to be examined in detail.

·         Current/Ongoing Research: This shows you are not wasting your time and is always involved in some or the other work. It’s a good section to mention your details

·         Other Experiences: Something related to your personal thing which you might want to include in your CV but it should be more than 4-5 lines. Its an optional section. Your experience can also be broken into other categories such as: Teaching, Counseling, Administration, Volunteer, Community, Internship, etc.

·         Area of Expertise: Particularly applicable for teaching positions in the organisations.

·         Courses Taught: List the names of courses you have taught, institution and dates where taught, and brief course descriptions.

·         Professional Associations: Sometimes its irrelevant to include them but they serve a purpose also about the ongoing work in the industry. Its better to mention your position in the organisation like ACM fellow, secretary of IEEE at college level etc.

·        References: This is an optional section where you may mention the names of only those people who know you very well. Ex. Your maths teacher always remembers you, So it’s a great idea to mention his or her name rather than mentioning someone who remember’s you in vague memory. Its better to mention that “References may be provided on request.”

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