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Published on March 11, 2014

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Components of a good C.V.Components of a good C.V.  StyleStyle –Formatting, Layout and–Formatting, Layout and headings you use.headings you use.  ContentContent – All good information– All good information about you.about you.  Points of agreementPoints of agreement – Point out– Point out how and why you meet theirhow and why you meet their requirements.requirements.

CURRICULUM VITAECURRICULUM VITAE  Summary of One’s LifeSummary of One’s Life –details–details of Education, Experiences andof Education, Experiences and Achievement.Achievement.  Personal DetailsPersonal Details – Name and– Name and Address, Phone.No, email.Address, Phone.No, email.  Easy & Simple language, design,Easy & Simple language, design, focus on the job.focus on the job.  Use font sizeUse font size 12, Arial/ Times12, Arial/ Times New Roman styleNew Roman style..  Typed inTyped in A4 Size PaperA4 Size Paper..

Importance of CVImportance of CV  CV gives chance to ECV gives chance to Evaluatevaluate YourselfYourself..  OOpportunity topportunity to PPresentresent YYourselfourself in the best possiblein the best possible way.way.  CVs are mostly used toCVs are mostly used to ScreenScreen CandidatesCandidates for interview.for interview.  CVs are theCVs are the First ImpressionFirst Impression toto the interviewer and explains yourthe interviewer and explains your complete backgroundcomplete background

Types of CVTypes of CV 1.1. Chronological CVChronological CV – Focus will be on– Focus will be on Education and Training. The latestEducation and Training. The latest qualification comes first – reversequalification comes first – reverse order.order. 2.2. Functional / Skill based CVFunctional / Skill based CV-- concentration will be on skills andconcentration will be on skills and responsibilities or experiences.responsibilities or experiences. Usually meant for experiencedUsually meant for experienced persons.persons.

Order of Contents in CVOrder of Contents in CV  Name and Address & PhotographName and Address & Photograph  Contact DetailsContact Details  Career ObjectivesCareer Objectives  Academic QualificationAcademic Qualification  Experiences / Employment HistoryExperiences / Employment History  Internship, Voluntary work, Part time workInternship, Voluntary work, Part time work (if you have done any)(if you have done any)  Academic Project(s)Academic Project(s)  Awards/ Honors/ Achievements (if you haveAwards/ Honors/ Achievements (if you have any)any)  Skills, Abilities and Personal AttributesSkills, Abilities and Personal Attributes  Extracurricular Activities, Interests andExtracurricular Activities, Interests and HobbiesHobbies  ReferencesReferences

Career ObjectivesCareer Objectives  Your career objective tells theYour career objective tells the employer what you are really lookingemployer what you are really looking for in a position/ job.for in a position/ job.  For team work job: Want to work inFor team work job: Want to work in a team where we can take on newa team where we can take on new and exciting challenges.and exciting challenges.

Academic QualificationsAcademic Qualifications  Should be written in a reverseShould be written in a reverse chronological order.chronological order.  With Percentage of Marks/ CGPA/With Percentage of Marks/ CGPA/ Grade (which one is the mostGrade (which one is the most attractive).attractive).  Degree Awarding InstituteDegree Awarding Institute  Year of PassingYear of Passing

Employment HistoryEmployment History  Part Time JobsPart Time Jobs – Tuition, Data Entry, etc.– Tuition, Data Entry, etc.  State your employer, position held,State your employer, position held, responsibilities, Duration and Keyresponsibilities, Duration and Key achievementsachievements  For eg: Sales Assistant, Hyper Star RetailFor eg: Sales Assistant, Hyper Star Retail store, 02.06.2005 to, 02.06.2005 to till-date. Responsible for assisting customer withResponsible for assisting customer with their enquiries and processing saletheir enquiries and processing sale transactions.transactions. Key AchievementsKey Achievements: Demonstrated excellent: Demonstrated excellent customer servicecustomer service Communicated effectively with customers toCommunicated effectively with customers to ensure that their needs were met.ensure that their needs were met.

Voluntary WorkVoluntary Work  Some activities that you may haveSome activities that you may have done on a voluntary basisdone on a voluntary basis  This area will help you to tell anThis area will help you to tell an employer how you have learnt newemployer how you have learnt new skills, worked with a team and learntskills, worked with a team and learnt responsibilities for your assigned work.responsibilities for your assigned work.  For eg., Volunteered library workFor eg., Volunteered library work  Organising educational toursOrganising educational tours  Mobilizing fund for some disaster areasMobilizing fund for some disaster areas  Community based activitiesCommunity based activities

Academic Projects & InternshipAcademic Projects & Internship  Tell your major academic project(s)Tell your major academic project(s) that relates to the position your arethat relates to the position your are applying for.applying for.  Give details of Internship(s) you didGive details of Internship(s) you did during your studies.during your studies.

Awards/ Honors &Awards/ Honors & AchievementsAchievements  Awards demonstrate yourAwards demonstrate your achievements during Studiesachievements during Studies  Awards demonstrate yourAwards demonstrate your achievements to your employerachievements to your employer  Give the award details withGive the award details with quantifiable termsquantifiable terms

Skills & AbilitiesSkills & Abilities  This section tells the employer whatThis section tells the employer what skills you have that fit the position youskills you have that fit the position you are applying for.are applying for.  Try to describe the skill you have andTry to describe the skill you have and how you have demonstrated you have demonstrated it.  For eg.,For eg., Key Boarding Skill –Key Boarding Skill – withwith wpmwpm  Communication skillCommunication skill – Have been a– Have been a member of the debating team atmember of the debating team at  Basic Computer SkillsBasic Computer Skills – Regularly– Regularly use email to communicate with otheruse email to communicate with other people and the internet to search topicspeople and the internet to search topics of interest.of interest.

Interests and HobbiesInterests and Hobbies  In this section you can demonstrateIn this section you can demonstrate your strengths to an employer.your strengths to an employer.  If you have a limited experiences,If you have a limited experiences, this is a valuable tool forthis is a valuable tool for demonstrating your abilities to andemonstrating your abilities to an employer.employer.  For eg: Puzzle solving, TravelingFor eg: Puzzle solving, Traveling  Playing Football / any team gamesPlaying Football / any team games  Please avoid jokes and irrelevantPlease avoid jokes and irrelevant hobbies such as sleeping etc.,hobbies such as sleeping etc.,

ReferencesReferences  This is the final part of the C.V.This is the final part of the C.V.  Include the names, organizationsInclude the names, organizations and contact numbers of people whoand contact numbers of people who can act as referees for you.can act as referees for you.  Give them a call and ask theirGive them a call and ask their willingness to act as a referee forwillingness to act as a referee for  Not applicable and provide whenNot applicable and provide when employer will ask.employer will ask.

 Be BriefBe Brief - a two page resume is- a two page resume is ideal.ideal.  Prepare CVs for individualPrepare CVs for individual companies (if Possible).companies (if Possible).  Customize your resume for yourCustomize your resume for your job target (if Possible)job target (if Possible)  Use action verbs/ positive words –Use action verbs/ positive words – it will create strong impact. will create strong impact. eg. motivated, monitored, created,motivated, monitored, created, analyzed, coordinated etc.analyzed, coordinated etc. DO’s

DONT’SDONT’S 1.1. Avoid folding your CV.Avoid folding your CV. 2.2. Don’t include irrelevant information –Don’t include irrelevant information – previous Salary, unproved awards,previous Salary, unproved awards, prizes and publications etc.prizes and publications etc. 3.3. Say what you did, not what you thinkSay what you did, not what you think 4.4. Personal information – marital status,Personal information – marital status, religion, health, native place etc.religion, health, native place etc. 5.5. Avoid unusual font size, stylish letters,Avoid unusual font size, stylish letters, graphics, underlining and unusualgraphics, underlining and unusual spacing etc.spacing etc. 6.6. Avoid repeating informationAvoid repeating information 7.7. Avoid personal pronouns (I, my, me)Avoid personal pronouns (I, my, me) 8.8. Don’t outsource CV, do it by yourself.Don’t outsource CV, do it by yourself.

CV Writing TipsCV Writing Tips  Focus on the job you want to apply.Focus on the job you want to apply.  Emphasis on achievement and results.Emphasis on achievement and results.  Easy to read design and language.Easy to read design and language.  Spelling mistakes are unforgivable, soSpelling mistakes are unforgivable, so must be avoided.must be avoided.  Education or Employment first.Education or Employment first.  Tips from websitesTips from websites (,(, andand  Ask someone (Expert) to review your CV.Ask someone (Expert) to review your CV.

Covering LetterCovering Letter The cover letter reflects yourThe cover letter reflects your communication skills and to somecommunication skills and to some extent your personality.extent your personality. 1.1. Name and Address (Addressee)Name and Address (Addressee) -- Left side top.Left side top. DateDate - Right side top- Right side top 2.2. Head the LetterHead the Letter -Subject & Reference-Subject & Reference 3.3. Middle paragraphMiddle paragraph – Brief description– Brief description of your education and experiences.of your education and experiences. 4.4. ClosingClosing- The closing in which you- The closing in which you propose step for further action. Usepropose step for further action. Use sentence with gentle and politesentence with gentle and polite manner.manner. 5.5. Name and Address (Addresser)Name and Address (Addresser) –– Left Side Bottom.Left Side Bottom.

Model Covering LetterModel Covering Letter 18-11-201018-11-2010 ToTo The Advertiser PO Box 1116 Daily Express, Lahore. Sir, Sub: Application for the post of Junior Accountant Ref: The Daily Express dated 16.11.2010 This is with reference to your above advertisement in the Wednesday (16.11.2010) edition of The Express News for the post of Junior Accountant for which I would like to submit my application. As per your requirements, I am a graduate with a Business Administration background and with Accountancy as my specialty subject. For the past one year, I have been working as assistant to a senior Accountant employed in a reputed firm and gave gained a fair amount of experience in the above mentioned field. If you consider that my application is worth considering, I can be available for interview at any time to suit your convenience, even at a short notice. Thanking You, Yours Sincerely, ________________ Muhammad ShahzadMuhammad Shahzad 2/14 Johar Town, Lahore.2/14 Johar Town, Lahore.

Model Curriculum VitaeModel Curriculum Vitae Muhammad Shahzad 2/14 Johar Town, Lahore Phone: 042 - 32405316 e mail: Career Objectives: seeking a suitable and challenging career-oriented job with an organization where my knowledge and skills could be utilized to the maximum. Education: Masters of Business Administration (MBA) 2010-2010 Major: Marketing CGPA: 3.57 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com) 2010-2010 Major: Commerce 72.5% Punjab University, Lahore Professional Experience: Presently working as System Administrator cum Accounts Assistants at ABC Group of Companies - Responsibilities: Maintenance of all Accounts, Handle Central Excise and Commercial Tax, Rectifying the minor problems in computer both software and hardware.Maintenance and Trouble Shooting of Systems in Lan Environment (10 systems with printers). Photograph

Skills & Abilities: Soft Ware Knowledge: Language: Visual Basic 6.0, H.T.M.L and Basic DBMS: Fox Pro, MS-Access and Fox base Operating System: Windows 98,ME,XP and Ms-Dos Languages Known: Urdu, Punjabi, and English Soft Skills: Good Communication, Key Boarding Skill, Commitment to the work and Adjustable with others (Team Player). Honors and Achievements: Received a shield for standing FIRST in overall academics during the second year UG Best Cadet Award received in NCC for the year 2002- 2003 Participated in H.A.T Competition conducted by Punjab College –Lahore. Member of Society of Marketing (COMSATS, Lahore) References: Will be Provided on Demand. ___________ Signature

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