Components of a good C.V.
Style – the layout, formatting and
headings you use
Content – All good stuff about you
Points of agreement – Point out how
and why you meet their
Summary of one’s life –details of
education, experiences and
Personal Details – Name and
Address, Ph.No, email and own
home page or web page
Easy to read language, design,
focus on the job, quotes from
Look at the job(s) you apply
Use font size 10-12, Arial/Times
New Roman style
Typed in A4 size paper
Importance of CV
CV will give chance to
evaluate yourself
CVs are mostly used to
screen candidates for
CVs are the first introducer to
the interviewer and explains
your complete background
Types of CV
Chronological CV – Education and
Training is given importance. The latest
qualification comes first – reverse order
Functional / Skill based CV- CVs are
created with concentrate on skills and
responsibilities or experiences. Usually
meant for experienced persons
Speculative CV - sent not based on any
match your skills, experiences,
education with the skills of the job
Sent to right person if possible by name
Emphasis on achievements and results.
It should be given in quantifiable terms
Order of Contents in CV
Name and address
Contact Details
Career Objectives
Educational Qualification
Awards (if you have any)
Skillsets and personal attributes
Experiences / employment history
Voluntary work (if you have done any)
Extracurricular activities, interests and
Career Objectives
Your career objective tells the
employer what you are really looking
for in a position.
For team work job: I want to work in
a team where we can take on new
and exciting challenges.
Educational Qualifications
Should be written in a reverse
chronological order
With percentage of marks and
name of the Institution
Year of passing
Awards demonstrate your
achievements to your employer
Forget about any awards you
received prior to 7 years
Give the award details with
quantifiable terms
This section tells the employer what
skills you have that fit the position they
are looking for.
Try to describe the skill you have and
how you have demonstrated it.
For eg., Key boarding skill – with
Communication skill – I have been a
member of the debating team at school
Basic Computer Skills – I regularly
use email to communicate with other
people and the internet to research
topics of interest.
Employment history
Part time jobs – tuition, data entry, etc.,
 You may have taken a position during your
 State your employer, position held,
responsibilities, Duration and Key
 For eg: Sales Assistant, Rama retails shop,
2.6.2005 to till date
My role as a part time sales assistant, I am
responsible for assisting customer with
their enquiries and processing sale
Key achievements: Demonstrated excellent
customer service
Communicated effectively with customers to
ensure that their needs were met.
Voluntary Work
Some activities that you may have
done on a voluntary basis
This area will help you to tell an
employer how you have learnt new
skills, worked with a team and learnt
responsibilities for your assigned work.
For eg., Volunteered library work
Organising educational tours
Mobilizing fund for some disaster areas
Community based activities
Interests and Hobbies
In this section you can demonstrate
your strengths to an employer
If you have a limited experiences,
this is a valuable tool for
demonstrating your abilities to an
For eg: Puzzle solving
Playing Football / any team games
Please avoid jokes and irrelevant
hobbies such as sleeping etc.,
This is the final part of the C.V.
Include the names, organisations
and contact numbers of people who
can act as referees for you.
Give them a call and ask their
willingness to act as a referee for
Be brief - a two page resume is
Prepare CVs for individual
Customize your resume for your
job target
Use action verbs/ positive words –
it will create strong impact. eg.
motivated, monitored, created,
analyzed, coordinated etc.
Avoid folding your CV
Don’t include irrelevant information –
previous Salary, unproofed awards,
prizes and publications etc.
Say what you did, not what you think
Personal information – marital status,
religion, health, native place etc.
Avoid unusual font size, stylish letters,
graphics, underlining and unusual
spacing etc.
Avoid repeating information
Avoid personal pronouns (I, my, me)
Don’t outsource, do it yourself.
CV Writing Tips
Focus on the job you want
Emphasis on achievement and results
Easy to read design and language
Spelling mistakes are unforgivable
Education or employment first
Quantify every statement
Tips from websites
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Ask someone to review your CV
Covering Letter
The cover letter reflects your
communication skills and to some
extent your personality
1. Name and address - Left side top
Date and Place - Right side top
2. Head the Letter - Subject and
3. The middle paragraph – Brief
description of your education and
4. Closing
- The closing in which
you propose step for further action.
Don’t end with hit the mark, use
sentence with gentle and polite
Model Covering Letter
180,Kamaraj Nagar
Coimbatore – 2
The Advertiser
PO Box 1116
Times of India, Delhi.
Sub: Application for the post of Junior Accountant
Ref: The Hindu dated 16.11.2005
This is with reference to your above advertisement in the
Wednesday (16.11.2006) edition of The Hindu 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 Commerce
background and with Accountancy as my specialty subject. For the past
one year, I have been working as assistant to a senior Accountant
employed 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,
Model Curriculum Vitae
2/14 Marutham nagar, Coimbatore –20
Phone: 0422 - 2405316
e mail:
Job Title : Junior Accountant
Objectives: seeking a suitable and challenging career-oriented job with an
organization where my knowledge and skills could be utilized to the maximum.
Bachelor of Commerce
(Completed in 2004 at Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science,
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore)
Diploma in computer Accounting Management (DCAM)
Presently working as System Administrator cum Accounts Assistants at Cheran
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).
working in a financial company as Accountant (Part time job),
Attended Advanced Accountancy Training during summer holidays
Skill Sets:
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
Server Based OS: Windows 2000 Server
Packages: Tally 5.4., Ms-Office and WordStar
Languages Known: Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and English
Soft Skills: Good Communication, Key boarding skill, Commitment to the work
and Adjustable with others.
Received a shield for standing FIRST in overall academics during the second year
Best Cadet Award received in NCC for the year 2002- 2003
Participated in H.A.T Competition conducted by Christ College –Bangalore.
Member of Anti Corruption Movement (Chennai)
Minor Project about “Micro Credit for Rural Women Groups” done in UG Course.