This is a series on how to write a Curriculum Vitae or a CV.
If you Google on the internet, you will find thousands of templates on how to write a good CV. Formats, styles, career objectives, the works, and yet, I recently had the opportunity to look at a sizable number of CVs and noticed, more than a few mistakes in each.
The CV is the first document an HR Personnel will get from you. It is thus a ‘textual representative’ of you. In a scenario where there are thousands of people competing for the same job and position, how you write your CV could make all the difference between getting on to the ‘shortlist’ or simply being left out.
Writing a CV is supposed to be easy enough to be taught in grade 10 of most educational boards, but at that young age most of us are either too immature to remember what had been taught about CV writing or do not accurately comprehend the importance of a CV. So, when we grow much older and are getting ready to step into the job market, writing a CV sends shivers down the spine of most young people.
When it is time for most people to write their CV what do they do? Ask an intelligent friend or colleague who is well placed to send them their CV. Why, you ask? Well, so that they can copy the template (and sometimes career objectives!). The assumption here is that since the friend or colleague is well placed, they have a ‘well designed’ and ‘well written’ CV. But this assumption need not always be true, as I have noticed on innumerable occasions.
I recently interviewed a girl who gave me a one page CV. I was surprised to find that the continuation had been printed on the back of the page instead of on a separate page. So I queried if the girl, who had done her MA in English, had not been taught how to write a CV in any of her classes. Imagine my shock when she told me that she had actually prepared her CV as part of an ‘Advanced English and Business Writing” Course she had paid Rs 3,500 to do. So quite a few of you young people may pay good money and still not have a good CV that speaks well of you.
For those who are thinking of writing a CV and can already feel the butterflies in their stomach, relax. Undoubtedly a CV represents you but it is also not such a complex thing that it cannot be done with a little effort and thought.
Infact, if you are willing to invest some time, ‘thinking’ of what should go into your CV, it would be a rather simple process.
The first thing to remember if you are not sure of your English, and this is a major problem in India, is to keep your CV simple. Keep it simple so that you yourself can understand it.
The first place that I have observed most people stumbling on is their ‘Career Objectives’
Here are a few examples I came across, that you should not repeat.
“Seeking a challenging and growth oriented position where my interpersonal skills can be best utilized. With good command over English and nuts for writing makes me achieve my goal. Looking for vacancy as a fresher, in business process outsourcing, human resource development and as an article writer for a leading newspaper.”
“Seeking a challenging carrier by giving all my skills to my profession and awaiting for a initiative role.”
“ To develop my career as HR Professional that leads to further growth in my professional skills and personal satisfaction by utilizing my skills and ability to work for the growth of an organization.”
“To be a part of the challenging team which strives for the better growth of the
organization and which explores my potential and provides me with the opportunity
to enhance my talent with an intention to be an asset to the company.”
“To associate with an organization which progresses dynamically and gives me a chance to update my knowledge and enhance my skills, in the state of art technologies and be a part of the team that excels in work to words, the growth of organization and my satisfaction thereof.”
Points to keep in mind when writing the Career Objectives in your CV
- Keep the English simple
- Keep the sentences short, precise and concise. Cut the verbiage.
- The tone of your Career Objective should be formal.
- The Grammar should be correct.
- Check your spelling more than a few times.
- Do not copy and paste other peoples Career Objectives
- It is best to keep your Career Objectives 3-4 lines.
- Make sure your Career Objectives match the job you are applying for. A line like this “Looking for vacancy as a fresher, in business process outsourcing, human resource development and as an article writer for a leading newspaper” is a big NO NO!
Once you think you are done, read your Career Objectives 20 times over to ensure that it conveys what you want to say.
If you are unsure of your English, please get a lecturer from your college, or any other person who is good in English to read and correct it.
Simple and Good Career Objectives
“To secure a promising position that offers both a challenge and a good opportunity for growth”.
“To work in association with professional groups who offer me the opportunity for career advancement and professional growth.”
“To work in a stimulating environment where I can apply & enhance my knowledge, skill to serve the firm to the best of my efforts.”
The above Career Objectives may sound generic and broad, but when you are fresher, they will do.
The internet is a huge resource at your finger tips. Coming up with a shoddy Career Objective means you have been lazy and failed to actively use the internet to check on what you have written. It could be the reason why you are currently seeing months of joblessness.