Tips to write a successful CV

Follow these top Tips to write a successful CV, land up the job of your dreams and create a successful career for yourself that you always wanted to have. CV or Curriculum Vitae (meaning, “course of life” in Latin) is an essential document that fetches you a job. The terms “CV” and “Resume” are popularly used across the world of employment. So, what’s the difference between a CV and a Resume? CV can be written in more than two pages whereas a resume is concisely written in one page.

Tips to write a successful cv

CV Works as Your Marketing Tool

Simply stating, in this tech-savvy era, your CV is your marketing tool. With mushrooms of job sites making their way in search of high skilled manpower, posting a well-written CV that identifies and achieves the requirements of an employer, you agree that it stands out. Especially with ATS (Applicant Tracking System) software application that handles recruitment needs, HR department may or may not take a glance at your CV, if it is poorly written.

Imagine, you visit a restaurant for the first time, and you would ask a steward to get you restaurant menu card and you would choose exactly what suits you and according to your interests. Similarly, a company’s brochure it is finest marketing tool to “sell” and not to “tell.”

Exactly, how you sell your professional acumen and the way your skills reflect in your CV is what matters most. Your CV is a ‘See-through’ of your profile.

Who is in need of a CV?

  • College Graduates
  • Employees who are seeking a job change
  • Career starters
  • Job seekers
  • Professionals
  • Career changers
  • Retired Servicemen
  • Academicians

When do you need a CV?

You need a CV to apply for:

  • Summer job
  • Part-time job
  • When seeking a better job
  • For finding first job
  • Full-time work
  • Contract job
  • Temporary work

When does a CV turns you down?

Most common perspective is to write a CV that has your name, contact details, education, skills, tasks that you have done at a company and your work experience.  Many applicants rarely pay attention to the vocabulary, sentence framing, grammar, format, font selection and overlooking the purpose of application submission. It is done as a routine process instead of paying care and attention to what is stated in a CV.  At times, there is a vast gap in what an employer searches in your CV and what is stated in it.  Remember, employer doesn’t take more than six seconds to verify your cv and what it conveys within that time, make or mar your job search success.

tips to write a successful cv

Some of the common mistakes that occur in writing a CV:

  • Improper use of vocabulary or no vocabulary
  • Inaccurate usage of English grammar
  • Making it lengthy running it into several pages
  • Difficult format and design that is hard to read
  • Font selection that disables simple reading
  • Excessive use of job keywords or no job-related keywords
  • Irrelevantly stating job tasks
  • Does not carry a cover letter
  • Career objective or work profile does not state the goal / expertise / objective / purpose of CV

Although you pursue job search actively, you spend very little time to realize what’s wrong in not getting job offers or interview calls. Remember, time spent on reviewing your cv is your preparation and the more quality you provide, the better are the chances of inviting the attention of an employer.

Employer narrows down his / her interests for finding most qualified candidate and the search could extend far more and beyond. As a first-time job seeker or an experienced professional, your goal need to aim at the job description.

Employers are very clear in what they are in need. For example, if they have advertised for an experienced Chartered Accountant (C.A) with expertise in auditing and corporate accounting, a student who is pursuing C.A or who are having expertise in industrial accounting, are disqualified to apply for a job. Many say, “let me give a try”. It’s a good effort, but make it real while applying. Quote data and information more relevant.

Top 5 quotes to stay inspired in your career

  1. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. (Abraham Lincoln)
  2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” (Thomas A. Edison)
  3. “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” (Bill Gates)
  1. “Always deliver more than expected.” (Larry Page)
  1. “Obviously, everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.” (Sergey Brin)

Tips to write a successful CV?

  1. First begin with your name, address and contact (preferably an active email, Mobile #). Add your social profile – Facebook and LinkedIn. Write your name in capital letters in bigger font size to make your name easily readable. Career objective or work profile, need to describe your profession, years of experience, key skills and a brief of your accomplishments. As summary is written in 3-5 lines, this is the key area where it conveys an overview of your CV. It need to be written effectively.  Frame the content, with proper grammar and keywords.
  2. In the next section, highlight your set of skills. It could be possible, that you may be having an extensive list of professional set of skills, but mind you, write only those that an employer finds it relevant to his or her need of a company. Ensure that a recruiter can easily see your expert areas.  Do you have qualitative data to add? Use action verbs that easily describe your accomplishments. For example – Increased sales by 60% added to the turnover by 25%.  Remember, figures speak a lot about your work efficiency and expertise.
  3. Make it concise and limited to 2-pages.
  4. Frame it professionally. Use active verbs and limit the use of job-related keywords
  5. Write your academic details – Name of course / degree, name of university, place, year of completion along with GPA, if you are a fresher
  6. State your work experience – Name of employer, place designation, duration of job and list most relevant jobs that suit the requirements of job description. But ensure that you are thorough to execute jobs expertly.
  7. Write simple sentences easily readable. Preferably short sentences that speak about one task individually.
  8. Pay attention to the use of adjectives, conjunctions and prepositions.
  9. Add honours, awards, merits and recognitions received on priority.
  10. Read, re-read, review and get a critic view before you submit cv.


  1. Shall I write separate CV for different jobs?

Yes, make it a practice. If the job description is varying with the current cv, draft it again. It makes it much easier for recruiter to review.

  1. Why am I not receiving any job offers, despite well-written cv?

Get a view about the job vacancies and probability of applicants applying for a job. Remember, the chances of winning are more for you with a good cv. Keep reviewing it, add cover letter.  If permitted, pursue with the company.  They would appreciate your interest.