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How do I write an excellent curriculum vitae?


A curriculum vitae forms the first impression of a candidate in the recruiter’s mind. Writing an excellent curriculum vitae is a time-consuming process.


Following these strategies can work out in your favor:

(a) Follow a structure: Most recruiters will not read the complete CV from start to finish. Follow a proper layout when you write about our skills, education, and experience. It’s a good idea to read your CV when you are done writing and note whether it follows a proper structure.


(b) Make sure that your curriculum vitae is ATS-compliant:

Writing a curriculum vitae is not enough. You need to ensure that it is ATS-compliant.

Let’s discuss what ATS means in the first place. ATS stands for applicant tracking systems. These systems process CV’s before a human reads them. To make your CV ATS-complaint, you must ensure that the keywords in your CV match the job description. At the same time, you must not stuff your CV with keywords. Following unethical practices can lead to your CV being permanently blacklisted by a company.


(c) Include numbers and action verbs: Your CV shouldn’t be generic. Remember that you only have one chance to make it stand out in the crowd.

Use words like ‘’collaborated’’, ‘’created’’, and ‘’organized’’ in your CV. They highlight your capabilities. Moreover, you can use numbers to your advantage. For example, ‘’Collaborated with 10+influencers to promote the product” is better than ‘’Collaborated with influencers.’’


(d) Save your file by writing a proper name: Recruiters receive many applications per day. Write your name, designation, and the name of the company in the curriculum vitae. This makes it easy for recruiters to know who’s applying. Moreover, it shows a recruiter that you took out the time and effort to write a proper file name.

Lastly, make sure to ask your recruiter whether they prefer .doc or .pdf files. This will reduce the risk of your CV not being viewed properly due to an incorrect file format.


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