How to write a CV in English that is read by recruiters?

Languages 3 May 2021

Most of the time, when you apply for a job and turn in your CV and be done with the interview, but you never get the callback, does it sound familiar?

If so, then there is something wrong with the way you make your CV; maybe it doesn't clearly reflect your abilities for the job, or it lacks in terms of information.

Whatever the deformities might be in your CV, the point is that you need a well-crafted CV in English to land your dream job, and if you can't do that, then you are never getting that callback.

What is a CV?

CV stands for curriculum vitae which is Latin for 'course of life'; this document sums your whole life up to the point you have decided to present it for either academic or job-related purposes.

A CV highlights all the details regarding your academic achievements, has the necessary personal information about you, and gives a job recruiter a more enticing look into your goals and ambitions that you have for the future.

What is the difference between a CV and a resume?

The basic difference between the use of a CV or resume is purely geographical in the UK or Europe; you would have to draft a CV for the sake of applying for a dedicated job. But in the USA, the same document is termed as 'resume,' and it still carries the same details that a CV would.

An enlightening difference between the two is that resume is specifically drafted for the kind of job that you are applying for at the moment, whereas a CV uses a more general approach and is acceptable for various niches.

So, with that off the table, let's discuss how you can make your CV and turn it into a pure delight for the job recruiters;

Selecting the best CV format

The formatting of your CV tells a lot about you as a person or the kind of professional approach you have when dealing with formal elements of life. What you need to do here is to pick clear and legible fonts that are not too artsy but put out a formal vibe.

Design a proper layout for the main tab, the font style, size, and such and what it would be for the continued tab below the main tab; this is something that you should decide beforehand and then stick with it and through.

Also, there is no need to put any graphical content in there; just keep it simple and clean. The most important part here is that you keep it concise and subtle with the details.

Add contact information the intended way.

The contact information on your CV is extremely important, and you need to make sure that it is listed the way it is supposed to be, so for this, use the following layout;

  • Full name
  • Professional title
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • LinkedIn profile (if you have got one)
  • Home address

It is important that you provide correct and up to date information, and the really tricky part here is that the recruiters will try to look you up online, so make sure that your linked profiles are also professional in every sense of the way, and it will improve your chances at scoring the job.

Write a clear objective for your CV

Most of the candidates, right after listing their contact details and such, jump directly to their educational background or work experience, and this is where you need to shine by having a clear objective for your CV.

A personal profile statement indicating who you are, what you have achieved and what you set out to achieve in the future will most certainly do the trick. This doesn't have to be rattling the cages or aggressive compassion for your career; be modest and concise, and you will be fine.

Listing work experience and key achievements

This is the most important part; it can make or break your game. The first thing you want to address here are the key achievements in your life, such as what you've accomplished in terms of career development, things that made you learn something or any other achievement that is measurable and adds a significant amount of relevance to your career goals.

Now towards the work experience, make sure that you respect the chronological order in which things happened for you career-wise, start with the first current job or industry that you are working with, and then bring it down to your first job or work experience that you had. Add your titles, such as your duties at a specific industry and the tenure you served at a specific place.

Building the education section

After listing your work experience and your key achievements, you must collect your educational details and then put these down there. Keep everything subtle but always provide actual feasible details about your academia because there is no use for lying in there, or otherwise, you will not even be considered for the job in any capacity. You want to keep the layout for the education section something like this;

  • Graduation year (if you’re still studying, enter your expected graduation date)
  • Your degree
  • Institution name
  • Honours (if applicable)

Relevant skills that comply with the job opening

At the very least, you need to add some relevant skillset such as a course or training that you have had that can really make you a competitive candidate for the job.

If you have any, you can post it in this section, but remember, these should affect the job you are applying for.

Last thing to remember

You need to attach a cover letter at the very end of your CV as a final homage to what you have constructed above. Most people are not writing cover letters by thinking that it is not relevant and should not be writing it, but it does show commitment, real passion, and this will separate your CV from standing out from the rest of the crowd.

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