Essential Parts of Every Format of CV
There are three essential parts of every format of CV. You can not afford to leave even a single elements from these three. These are key sections of every format of CV/Resume and they are non-negotiable. Here in this article we shall discuss these three essential and some other optional parts of every format of CV.
It is the most important part of CV and you should provide every possible detail of your contact information. You must write who you are, where do you live and how you can be contacted. There is no need of labeling or categorizing your contact information. Just write it at the top of your resume. You should provide following contact information.
2-Postal address with zip code
3-Telephone number, land line(work and home) and cell, as applicable
4-Fax number, ya i know most of you people do not have it but you can get free fax number from internet connected with your email address. You can send and receive faxes absolutely free of cost through free internet fax service provider websites. You can get your own personal local or toll free fax number through these sites. So try and share this information with your friends.
5- An active Email address
2-Career history or Career highlights
This is called the body of CV which contains obvious but vital information about yourself. This section is most important from employer’s point of view. Employers want to know about your work history. You must write this part of the resume carefully. Don’t forget to label this section to draw the attention of interviewers. Never leave flaws in this part of resume and try to highlight your career achievements in a convincing manner.
3-Education and training
This section includes information about your education and professional training. Here are some tips regarding this section
1- If you have recently completed your education and going to apply for your first job then this section will be the body of your CV. So you should put your educational credentials at the top of the CV and try to highlight your educational achievements.
2- If your degree or any training relates directly to your nature of job ,list it first.
3- If your your have studied a subject related to your job type in any course, mention it. Even if you have did a short course of certificate in the relative field or attended a workshop/seminar never forget to include it in your resume.
4- If you had got some award or scholarship, highlight it.
5- List your computer related courses.
6- If you have any special skill that relates to you job you may include it too in this section.
Optional elements in a resume
You can include many kinds of information in your resume according to situation. But it depends that how much space you have after completing the three key areas and how much important is that information for employer and yourself. For example you can add objective if you are applying for a very specific position or you don’t have any work experience. You may also include a summery. Its just like headline on a newspaper. A good summary grabs the employer’s attention. If you decide to include a summary, then label it and put it at the top of the page, just beneath your contact information. A targeted and powerful summary compels the reader to read the full resume. You can label summary in several ways e.g career profile, overview, professional profile etc. You may also mention your involvement in any professional or civic association, if its not a controversial. One last thing, always attach a cover letter with your resume. Cover letter is necessary with every format of CV.