CV Format for Freshers | 7 Tips to Grab Interviewer Attention for Job
Everyone might have heard “First impression is the last impression.”. Your first impression on your interviewer comes from your resume contents and CV format.
There are some extremely important points to keep in mind while writing your CV.
Points need to consider while writing CV
1. Keep it simple.
Your CV format should be simple and should clearly state your potentials and skills in a single glance. Keep in mind that the interviewer may not read every single line. So keywords in your resume are important and that is what interviewer look for.
It is important to keep your CV format precise and not to clutter it with too many or unnecessary details.
2. Be honest.
Be completely honest while creating your CV. Do not brag, it’s not going to take you anywhere. In fact, it may increase the chances of your rejection. Make sure that you can answer any questions related to points mentioned in your CV.
If you are not sure, please write the sentence as – “Basic knowledge of xyz.” Yes, it is still fair rather than getting trapped by an interviewer.
Standard fonts : Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman
Standard font size : Headings – 14, Content -12
Do not use cursive fonts.
Never use bold, italics and underline together, though you may use it for headings depending upon the need and comfort of company and candidate.
Preferably, decorations, borders, cursive fonts or colors should not be used.
4. Document Formatting
Make sure that the document is justified.
Use proper tabs wherever needed.
The bullets in the entire document must be aligned.
The line spacing should be fixed, preferably 1.15.
Leave enough margins for your CV to be comfortably filed from both left-hand side and right-hand side.
Content Formating for CV Format
5. Header CV Format
On the top left, write the details in the following order :
E.g. : Heena Rajpal XYZ colony, Indore + 91-1234567890 email@example.com
This should be the HEADER of your document.
Here is sample CV format of header section described in Aniruddha resume. Top right corner has college logo.
Keep the right section empty so that if you are asked to attach a photograph. Now you have space on your CV to do the same.
We’d suggest to keep the headings left aligned. However, you may use center alignment or right alignment as per requirement.
6. SubHeading CV Format
The preferred order of subheadings is as follows:
- i. Career Objective
Keep it true and unique. I have seen many copies this section. It is clearly identified on campus drive when many of the peer copies same objectives. Do not copy it.
Make sure it is in the benefit of the firm recruiting you as well.
Before writing this section, just ask yourself some questions. Why do you want to join IT firm? How will it be beneficial for IT firm?
- ii. Educational Qualification
It should be in reverse chronological order.
The concept of writing it in a table is obsolete. Writing it in bullet points is preferred.
- iii. Technical Qualifications
Include the programming and scripting languages known as well as any other technical skills.
DO NOT include Operating Systems or MS Office. Everyone is looking for a technical job and it is assumed to know how to operate windows and office. That is implicit and not supposed to be mentioned.
- iv. Trainings / Internships
It is always great to have some industrial training or internship experience before getting onboard for freshers job. I will not explain it why it is important for freshers. We have already covered in a previous article. Do read 9 benefits of Internship.
- v. Project Details
Mention list of the projects in reverse order, keeping latest completed project or ongoing project on top. Do mention all the technology, tools or programming languages you have used in the project. This is what interviewer is more concern about.
- vi. Co-curricular Activities/ Extra-curricular activities/ Achievements
You can put them in separate sections if you have enough of them. Or else you can simply put them under co-curricular activities.
- vii. Hobbies and interests
- viii. Personal Profile
Date of birth : Father's name : Father's occupation : Mother's name : Mother's occupation : Languages known :
Do not mention your name since it is already mentioned on the top.
It is not mandatory to mention gender unless it is not clear from your name or name title.
It is not required to mention nationality unless it is exceptional (i.e. something you are from India and seeking for foreign job opportunity).
- ix. References
Write two references with their contact no. and email id.
Try to have relevant references working on reputed posts.
References can be anybody apart from your parents and siblings.
There is no need to add declaration, date, place, signature etc. at the end.
Ensure if CV Format Describes You the Best
Proofread your CV as many times as you can. Be sure that there are no mistakes. Get it checked by someone if possible.
Read you resume loudly in your free time. It gives you vocal practice to describe yourself in the interview.
If you are preparing for any placement, do read placement and interview experience shared by candidates. Sometimes it helps you to plot your resume as per the previous interview experience for the same job.
You can definitely show your creativity. You can mold your CV format in the way that it is of the best use to showcase and yet, not flaunt your skills along with keeping the above points in your mind.
If you have any query regarding your CV format. Feel free to write in the comment section.
All the best!