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Written by  Vishesh Chogtu

Published on Mon, February 24, 2020 12:15 PM   Updated on Mon, February 24, 2020 12:15 PM   3 mins read

A good CV Format determines whether recruiters are actually going to read your CV or toss it into a trash bin after a glance. Proper formatting of a CV is proportional to a good first impression, just like the clothes you wear in an interview; it’s all about gathering those “wow” points in the first two minutes from the recruiter. Good companies always hire the best students, and the first look matters the most in an interview. So, a top recruiter always looks out for an organized student cum employee, as a CV reflects your quality, the CV format reflects your organizational skills.

The most important thing about formatting or writing a CV is highlighting the key information in an organized and alluring format. If the recruiter cannot gather the knowledge about his or her potential employees at first glance, it’s over. Thus, a CV Format should always be clean.

How to format a CV?

  1. Set one-inch margins on all sides.
  2. Use 1.0 or 1.15 line spacing.
  3. Pick a good font. Generally, the Times New Roman or Calibri is preferable.
  4. Create a professional CV header format for contact details.
  5. Divide the CV into several sections: Contact, Personal Statement, Work Experience, Education, Skills, Additional Information
  6. Make the headings in bold.
  7. Add a blank line after each heading.
  8. Always save your CV in PDF to keep the format intact.

A well-organized layout gives the potential employee a good chance of passing the Application Tracking Software (ATS) scan, as 75% of the talent acquisition professionals are heading towards the future of Artificial Intelligence. Thus, a clean CV Format is going to make a huge difference in the future. 

In the CV Format, the following things should include,

  1. Contact Information
    • Full Name
    • Professional Title
    • Email
    • Phone number
    • LinkedIn profile
    • Home address
  2. Personal Statement
    • A personal statement is the summary of the whole CV in 100 words maximum. Make sure that you fill these 100 words with keywords, including your top achievements to date.
  3. Work Experience
    • Start with a recent or current job.
    • List your previous jobs below.
    • List your job title, the name of the company, and the dates worked.
    • Explain responsibilities in bullets.
  4. Education
    • List your academic degrees in descending order with dates, qualifications, marks obtained, aggregate, and institution names.
    • If you are a fresher, replace the work section with the education section.
  5. Skills
    • Make a spreadsheet and look out for the keywords according to the job title, and manage to list your skills accordingly. You can include the skills in the personal statement section without making the CV clumsy.
  6. Additional Section
    • If you have participated in any kind of competition, have done any kind of publications, or have received any certificates or awards, including those in this section. 

A good CV format is always pleasing to the eye that allures recruiters for giving the candidate the chance to showcase his or her skills in an esteemed organization. Thus, make sure that your CV is clean enough to highlight your best skills in front of the recruiter.

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