19 Tips to Improve Your CV (for FRESHERS)

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1.DON’T LIE

Never lie on your resume. If you are selected for an interview, a seasoned interviewer will be able to sniff out any lie very easily.

2.DON’T PAD YOUR RESUME

Don’t add any irrelevent points and formatting. For example, don’t talk about your parents and their professions. Avoid using large fonts with extra spacing between the lines. In addition, don’t dedicate an entire paragraph listing all the ways in which you can be contacted. Leaving your phone number and email address is sufficient.

3.DON’T FORCE IT TO BE TWO PAGES

Let the content decide how many pages it will consume.

4.EXPEND ON YOU PROJECTS AND INTERNSHIPS

This is an area where you should try and fit in as much information as possible. Give as much detail as you can about your academic projects and corporate internships such as what you did and how you did it.

5.ORGANIZE A CLUB OR EVENT

Form a new club on campus or start an event. You could start a small chess club for instance and then host an event or competition and invite your friends to compete.

6.START AN ONLINE BLOG

Start a blog and write something you are passionate about. Make sure you include the link with a short description in your resume.

7.SHARE CODE ON GITHUB

Work on an interesting software project, something others might be interested in like a @D game. Publish the code on Github and share the link on your CV.

8.PARTICIPATE AND WIN

Take full advantage of all of the opportunities around you on and off campus. Participate in ToastMasters, Book clubs, campus fests, coding challenges, quizzes, Olympaids, and any other activities and programs you hear about.

9.FAVOURITE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

Mention your favourite subjects and why you liked them. This way you can guide the course of your interview towards your strengths.

10.BOOKS YOU’VE READ AND BLOGS YOU FOLLOW

Mention the books and blogs you like to read. Give the interviewer a glimpse of your personality and your interests.

11.USE POWER VERBS

Make sure to use powerful and achievement oriented verbs such as: took initiative, led, executed, implemented, envisioned, created, developed, spearheaded, delivered, showcased, organized, and won. Bold and necessary parts you want to stand out.

12.USE NUMBERS TO BREAK THE MONOTONY OF TEXT

The human eye glazes over a wall of text. Make sure you use numbers to grab focus and not lose the interest of the reader. For example: Organized an event of 12,000+ participants.

13.RE-ORGANIZE YOUR RESUME

Organization matters. Start off by showcasing your strong academic record if that’s something you have. If you are stronger in your extra- curricular activities, start with that. The bottom line is – start off with a positive impression.

14.LOOK PROFESSIONAL

If you’re adding a photo, make sure that you are wearing something formal and professional.

15.CHECK YOUR SPELLING

This goes without saying but there absolutely cannot be any spelling or grammatical errors on your CV. Be sure to use a tool online to check for any mistakes.

16.PEER REVIEW

Have your resume reviewed by friends and peers. An extra pair of eyes can only help and they might notice something you’ve missed.

17.SIGNATURE STATEMENT

If you have a signature statement, make sure to personalize it in a way that captures your personality and spirit.

18.TWEAK YOUR RESUME FOR THE ORGANIZATION

Have variations of your Resume with minor tweaks for different industries and organizations. Make these final touches keeping in mind the organization that you’re applying for.

19.BE PREPARED ON EVERY CV POINT

An interviewer can focus on any point that you’ve mentioned in your Resume and ask questions on that. Be prepared to field questions related to anything you’ve mentioned in your Resume.

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