In this article, I would be discussing the essential components that make your CV stand out of the crowd. Please note that in this article, I would not be covering the basic elements of a CV. Just to summarize the standard information about CV preparation, the core components of an effective CV are:
- Career Objective
- Educational Qualifications
- Work Experience
- Technical Skills
- Personal Information
I would be discussing the essential components that can make your CV effective.
In my experience, the first thing that must be a part of any CV is the top headline, which we can call as the CV headline. Something like "Pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering (6th Sem) from XYZ college (CGPA - 8)". This one liner heading gives you an opportunity to describe yourself effectively in the first glimpse itself.
Followed by the resume heading, is your career objective, which is essentially a line copied from the web. You can take any line from any standard CV. This is then usually followed by your educational qualifications where you mention your school and college details along with your scored marks / percentage / CGPA. After this, comes the work experience area where you mention any internships you have been through, specifying the essential details like the employer details, duration etc.
Then comes one of the key components of your CV, which is your technical qualifications. In this area, you usually specify what all skills and technologies you have worked upon during your college time or internship. One should be careful as well as expressive while writing this section. One should note that for a fresher, it is never expected that the individual is an expert in any technology / skill. Even if you have worked upon something and have a brief exposure to, you must mention it in your CV. This gives the interviewer a fair idea of how technology enthusiast you are. But the other side of the coin is you should never state any technology / skill which you have never worked upon. If you are doing so, you are giving the interviewer a chance to drill you down on that skill and increase your chances of rejection. Thats why you should be very careful while filling this section. If filled properly, you can change the direction of your interview in your desired direction.
Once done with the technical skills section, comes the most important section (at least I believe so) which is the Projects section. This is the section where you can turn the game entirely. If you write good quality projects, then I can assure you that your entire interview will revolve around your projects. Even the interviewers are more interested in the practical knowledge of the candidate. If the interviewer finds no practical experience / exposure, he is left with no other option that to resort to theoretical questions, which would not be a good idea. When it comes to projects, you should be very specific about the project you are adding, and your role and contribution to the project. Any experienced interviewer can judge you on a lot of parameters through your discussions on your projects. The key skills they usually look in a candidate are technical skills, team spirit, how you handle tough situations and how analytically you think. A thorough mock discussion of your project can help you clear these tough questions.
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