Should “have”s and “not have”s in your CV : for college graduates

Disclaimer: These techniques work well for IT graduates. Have not been tested for other disciplines. Please comment if they work for them as well.

If you have just completed you college or about to, you are at the right place. Here are some tips that will help while preparing you CV.

Definition of CV: a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous occupations, typically sent with a job application.

It is actually your summary, so make sure your CV describes you completely.

Some “should have”s and “should not have”s

  • IT projects you completed solely or in team
    • your role
    • technologies used
    • Awards won
  • Programming languages you have worked with.
    • Make sure you understand the concept of the languages you have mentioned
    • Do not include all the language you have just heard saying you are proficient at
      • I have seen graduates including all the languages like
        • c, c++, java, ruby, rails, js, jQuery, PHP, python, html, css, sass, scala, etc
      • No body believes you are good at all of these languages
      • They will definitely ask you questions regarding the core of all these languages
  • Participation in extracurricular activities like leadership programs
    • Organizations always seek for leaders, so its plus point to mention your prior participation in such activities.
  • Choose words wisely. Make sure the words will convey what you are trying to say.
  • Concept of visual design principle
    • make the CVs eyes friendly
    • properly use contrast to drive the eyes of the reader
    • Things to consider
      • Proper spacing
      • Commas should be placed correctly
      • Proper alignment makes the CV attractive
      • Do not make fancy CVs
  • Try to make it as concise as possible.
    • obviously, if you include only necessary details, it will be concise.
  • Never include fake details
    • like I know this-that language


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