TIPS ON WRITING CURRICULUM VITAE

TIPS ON WRITING CURRICULUM VITAE

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is quite simply an advertisement to sell yourself to an employer. The main purpose of your CV is to make you attractive, interesting, worth considering to the company and so receive a job interview. An employer may have several hundred enquiries about a single job. Therefore, your CV must be as good as you can make it. 

The terms 'Curriculum Vitae' and 'Resume' are generally interchangeable. But, they do differ in many ways. While both are lists of the most relevant information of a person seeking a job, there are a few basic differences. While the CV represents in-depth and structured information about the professional experience and qualification of a person, the resume usually is the same thing in a short form. 

CV is the most accepted form for job applications all over the world. The resume, on the other hand, is the most accepted form for job applications in USA. The CV is used in USA exclusively for jobs in academics.

A CV should be well laid-out and printed on a good quality printer. You should use bold and/or underline print for headlines. Do not use lots of different fonts and sizes. 

Before submitting your CV do not forget to spell-check/proof-read. This is important. 

Also, make sure you include all the information about yourself that will help the recruiter to consider you as a potential candidate. Remember the principle: "If they did not hear it, you did not say it".

Picture yourself to be a busy manager in the employer's office who has to read through hundred of CVs in half an hour and select the best from them. Thus, your CV must be precise, easy to read and attractive.

After you have written your CV get someone else to look at it. What you have written may seem simple and obvious to you, but not to other person (and ultimately an employer). Go through it again and again and refine it to make it short, easy to read, attractive and error-free. 

Preparing to write your CV
Sit down with a piece of paper. Look at the job that you are applying for. Consider how your skills, education and experience compare with the skills that the job requires. How much information do you have about the job description? 

Sometimes employers do not give enough information. Ask for more detail if needed. Spend time researching detail about the job that interests you and information about the employer—their structure, products, successes, and approach from their own publicity, reports and publications, as well as newspapers and internet.

Information to include in your CV
Personal details: Name, home address, college address, phone number, email address. Do you have your own web homepage? Include it if it's good!). 
Education: Give places of education where you have studied. Most recent education should be listed first. Include subject options taken in each year of your course. Include any special project, thesis, or work. 

Pre-college courses should then be included, with grades. Subjects taken and passed just before college or during college will be of most interest. Earlier courses, taken at say age 15-16, may not need much detail. 

Work experience: List your most recent experience first. Give the name of your employer, job title, and very important, what you actually did and achieved in that job. Part-time work should also be included in your CV. 

Interests: Employers will be particularly interested in activities where you have undertook leadership role or a responsibility, or which involved you in relating to others in a team. A hobby such as coin-collecting may be of less interest to them, unless it connects with the work you wish to do. 

Give only enough detail to explain. (If you were captain of a sports team, they do not want to know the exact date you started, how many games you played, and how many wins you had! They will ask this in the interview, if they are interested.) If you have published any articles, jointly or by yourself, give details. 

If you have been involved in any type of volunteer work, do include the details. 

Skills: Ability in other languages, computing experience, or possession of a driving licence should be included in your CV. 

References: Usually give two names—one from your place of study, and one from any work place. Or, if this does not apply, then an older family friend who has known you for some time should be given as a reference. Make sure that referees are willing to give you a reference. Give their day and evening phone numbers if possible. 

Length: Maybe all you need to say will fit onto one sheet of A4. But do not crowd it and layout your CV with reasonable line-spacing and white spaces around. No harm if your CV takes two A4 sheets. Do not normally go longer than this. Put page numbers at the bottom of the pages—a little detail that may impress. 

Style: There are two main styles of CV, with variations within them. 

Chronological: Information is included under general headings— education, work experience, etc., with the most recent events first. 

Skills based: You think through the necessary skills needed for the job you are applying for. Then you list all your personal details under these skill headings. This is called 'targeting your CV', and is becoming more common. Do take advice on how to do it best. 

Covering letter: When sending in a CV or job application form, you must include a covering letter. The purpose of the letter is: 

To make sure that the CV arrives on the desk of the correct person. Take the trouble to telephone, and find the name of the person who will be dealing with applications or CVs, and address your letter, and envelope, to that person by name. (In a small company, it may be the managing director. In a medium size company, it may be the head of section/department. Only in a large company will there be a Personnel or Human Resource Department.)

Clearly say what job you are interested in. If you are sending in a 'speculative' CV hoping that they may have work for you, explain what sort of work you are interested in. Do not say, 'I would be interested in working for ABC Ltd', but say 'I believe my skills equip me to work in the product development department/accounts office/etc'. 

Start your letter with an underline heading giving the job title you are interested in. (If you saw the job advertised, say where you saw it.) 

Application forms
To apply for some jobs, the employer will send you an application form. You should still use a covering letter, and send your CV also unless told not to. Application forms need as much care to write as CVs. 

Other points
Keep copies of all letters, applications forms, and CVs sent, and records of telephone calls and names of those you spoke to.

The main features of the CV, in brief, are:
  • CV is a list of all your achievements until the date you are submitting it, presented in reverse chronological order (i.e. the latest achievements first).
  • A CV is ideally two pages in length, though it can sometimes go up to three to five pages.
  • CV should include everything that you have done and can be classified as work outside the home—whether paid or unpaid; hence, it is okay if the Curriculum Vitae contains voluntary and honorary positions and work done in such positions.
  • The CV structure should be very systematic and is generally drawn in a specific order.
  • A CV is normally accompanied by a cover letter, which summarizes what it contains and points out the match of the applicant with the job.
The Resume
  • A resume is a precise and very brief document representing at-a-glance your key skills and main achievements.
  • A resume should not be longer than one page, unless in rare exceptions.
  • A resume would contain of only what is strictly relevant to the job applied and nothing else—it is more important to have all the information contained within one page.
  • A resume should highlight your skills and achievements above all other things.
  • A resume is usually presented without a cover letter because the main reason you are submitting the resume is fast processing; a cover letter would defeat the purpose.

A resume usually can be written in three very different styles - (i) Chronological resume—whereby your skills and main achievements are listed by date starting with the most recent ones first, (ii) Functional resume—whereby your skills and experience are more highlighted than anything else and (iii) a combination of both—whereby both skill and achievements are presented hand-in-hand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 
Do not ever falsify information, or give any misleading information to an employer under any circumstances whatever. It's illegal, it's self destructive, and it's just plain stupid. Do not put yourself in a position where your statements can't be trusted. Only give verifiable information, and do not exaggerate. Quality of information is what really matters on any CV. Keep it real, at all times

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Ajmer                             www.rrbajmer.org
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Bangalore                       www.rrbbnc.gov.in
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Bhubaneswar                 www.rrbbbs.org
Chandigarh                    www.rrbcdg.org
Chennai                         www.rrbchennai.net
Gorakhpur                     www.rrbgkp.gov.in
Guwahati                      www.rrbghy.org
Jammu & Srinagar         www.rrbjammu.nic.in
Kolkata                        www.rrbkolkata.org
Malda                          www.rrbmalda.gov.in
Mumbai                       www.rrbmumbai.gov.in
Muzaffarpur                  www.rrbpatna.org
Patna                           www.rrbpatna.org
Ranchi                        www.rrbranchi.org
Secunderabad                    www.rrbsec.org
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AIIMS
Entrance examination on June 1, 2010 for admission to MBBS at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110608 You need: Passed 12th class exam with physics, chemistry, biology and English securing a minimum of 60% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates). Results likely to be declared by July 7. Candidate should attain the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2010. Form: Against Rs 1000 (Rs 800 for SC/ST candidates). Online submission at www.aiimsexams.org Deadline: March 15 for online application and submission.
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY
Admission to MBBS/ BDS, BTech, B Arch, B A Hons/ BSc Hons/ BCom Hons, MA/ MSc/MCom / diploma in engineering and other courses of the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, UP Details: Log on to www.amucontrollerexams.com 
INDUSTRIAL HEALTH (AFIH)
Associate Fellow of Industrial Health (AFIH) programme from April 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010 at Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, IVPSS, ground floor, B L Taneja Block, Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi-110002 (www.coeh.del
higovt.nic.in)
You need: MBBS degree from an institution recognised by the Medical Council of India; completion of internship; permanent registration with the State Medical Council/ Medical Council of India; minimum one year experience in industry/ occupational health related work or two years in general practice after completion of internship.
Form: Obtain from the office of the programme director/ member secretary at the above centre by sending a self addressed envelope.
Deadline: March 15 for submission.
IIT DELHI
Three year part-time (evening) MBA with focus on technology manage
ment at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, department of management studies, Vishwakarma Bhavan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi-110016 You need: Bachelors degree in any branch of engineering/ technology/ architecture/ pharmacy/ BSc agriculture engineering (minimum four years after 10+2) or Master's degree in any branch of physical, chemical, mathematical sciences. Form: Available on www.iitd.ac.in. Complete form online, take a print out and send to 'The deputy registrar (PG), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016
Deadline: March 15 for submission.
JOINT CSIR UGC TEST
Joint Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-UGC test for junior research fellowship and eligibility for lectureship (NET) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on June 20.
You need: MSc or equivalent degree under the subjects amongst (1) chemical sciences (2) earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary sciences (3) life sciences, (4) mathematical sciences and (5) physical sciences with mini
mum 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/PH/VH and PhD degree holders who passed Master's degree prior to September 19, 1991).Refer www.csirhrdg.res.in for more information Forms: Apply online at www.csirhrdg.res.in. Deadline: March 17 for online application and obtaining forms from bank branches and March 23 for submission.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Admission to (i) doctoral research programmes (PhD) in science/ interdisciplinary programmes and Master's (M Sc [Engg]) and PhD in engineering (ii) course programmes[ M E/ M Tech/ MDes (product design and engineering) (iii) integrated PhD in biological/ chemical/ physical and mathematical science and (iv) external registration programme (PhD/only) - a sponsored research programme for working professionals from (1) R&D organisations/industries and (2) for faculty members from engineering, agricultural, pharmaceutical, veterinary, medical colleges/ universities, recognised by the appropriate government agencies at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012
You need: Refer www.iisc.ernet.in/admissions 
Form: Online application fee is Rs 600 for general category and Rs 300 for SC/ST/PH category. DD to be drawn in favour of the registrar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Separate applications should be used for each of the programmes. May also obtain against cash payment of Rs 700 from Canara Bank at Delhi (Karolbagh, RK Puram, F-19 Connaught Circus)
Deadline: March 17 for form issue and online submission and March 22 for submission offline and online hard copy.
TOURISM & TRAVEL
PGDM 2010-2012 (tourism and travel/ international business) at Gwalior and Bhubaneswar, PGDM (tourism and leisure) at Delhi and Nellore (necessary approvals to be obtained) and PGDM services (approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and equivalent to MBA) at Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Govindpuri, Gwalior-474011 [www.iittm.org ] You need: Graduation in any discipline; IITTM aptitude test on April 18 or valid CAT score
Form: Visit www.iittm.org to download form
Deadline: March 19 for submission for aptitude test and April 26 for submission with CAT score.
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY
MSc in (a) forestry (b) wood science and technology (c) environment management and one-year post masters diploma in (d)natural resource management at Forest Research Institute University, Dehra Dun 248195 ( www.icfre.gov.in)
You need: Admission test on May 09, 2010. 50% and above marks and 45% and above marks for SC/ ST with (a) Three-year Bachelor's degree in science with at least one of the subjects namely botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, zoology or a Bachelor's degree in agriculture or forestry (b) Three year Bachelor's degree with physics, mathematics and chemistry or B Sc degree in forestry (c) Three-year Bachelor's degree in any branch of basic or applied sciences or Bachelor's degree in forestry or agriculture or B E/ B Tech in environment science (d) MSc in any discipline.
Form: By post submitting DD for Rs 700 in favour of registrar, FRI University, P O I P E, Kaulagarh Road, Dehra Dun, 248195 payable at Dehra Dun. Fill up separate form for each course. Form may also be downloaded from the website www.fri.icfre.gov.in 
Deadline: March 19

Indian Railway recruits 6367 vacancies for Section Engineers, Jr. Engineer and Supervisor

Indian Railway

Indian Railway recruits 6367 vacancies for Section Engineers, Jr. Engineer and Supervisor

Adv. No. 05/2010

SI No Name of post Qualification Age Limit Pay Scale
1-38 Section Engineer B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Sc/ M.Sc (Mech/ Electronics/ Prodn/ Instrn/ Telecommunication/ Electrical/ ECE/ Metallurgy/ Mechatronics/ Civil/ Automobile) 20-35 Yrs

Rs.9300-34800

40 Junior Engineer I B.E/ B.Tech (Civil)
41-89 Junior Engineer II B.Sc/ PGDCA/ Diploma (Civil/ Architecture/ Mechatronics/ Electronics/ Electrical/ Mech/ Automobile/ Prodn/ Metallurgy/ Chem/ Telecommunication/ ECE/ IT/ CS) 18-33 Yrs
90

Depot Material Suptd. Gr.I

B.E/ B.Tech 18-35 Yrs
91 Depot Material Suptd. Gr.III

Diploma in Engineering in any discipline.

18-33 Yrs
92

Senior P.Way Supervisor

 

Diploma in Civil Engineering/Civil Engineering (Transportation). or B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics with Mathematics as secondary/subsidiary subject or B.Sc. (Honours) in Maths with Physics as secondary/subsidiary subject.

Examination Fees: No examination fees for SC / ST / Ex-Servicemen / Physically Handicapped / Women / Minorities / Economically backward classes candidates having annual family income less than Rs. 50000/-. For Unreserved Male / OBC Male candidates Examination fee of Rs. 60/- for each application. Candidates should send separate application for each group as mentioned in para-16 as given below with separate IPO / DD as examination fee. It should be paid in the form of a crossed Demand Draft valid for a period of Six months to be drawn at the main branch of any of the Nationalized Banks, or in the form of Crossed Indian Postal Order drawn in favour of "Assistant Secretary, or Secretary or Member Secretary or Chairman of Railway Recruitment Board of concerned RRB as given below. The Bank Drafts/Indian Postal Orders should be payable at the place where the Railway Recruitment Board is situated. 

How to apply

The prescribed application format should be filled up by the candidate in his/her own handwriting, with blue or black ball point pen. The application form should be filled up in English or in Hindi only, strictly observing all the instructions given in the Employment Notice. The candidates should affix his/her normal signature in English or in Hindi in the application form. Applications signed in capital letters/spaced out letters will be treated as invalid. The candidate's Name, Address with Pin Code, Date of Birth, Father's Name and nearest Railway Station should be written legibly in English in bold capital letters, even if the candidate fills up the application form in Hindi. One recent color passport size photograph with clear front view of the candidate without cap and sunglasses should be pasted on the application form in the space provided. Filled in applications along with the  enclosures as applicable to each individual candidate should be firmly stitched along with the application in the prescribed order.

RRB
Application to be addressed to
DDs / IPOs to be drawn in favour of
Ahmedabad
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, First Floor, Meter Gauge, Railway Station Building, Ahmedabad - 380 002
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Ahmedabad, payable at Ahmedabad
Ajmer
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, 2010, Nehru Marg, Near Ambedkar Circle, Ajmer .- 305028
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Ajmer, payable at Ajmer
Allahabad
The Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Opp: GM / NCR office Building, Near Subedargunj Railway Hospital, Allahabad (UP) - 211033
The Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Allahabad, Payable at Allahabad
Bangalore
The Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board,18, Millers Road, Bangalore - 560 046.
The Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Bangalore, payable at Bangalore.
Bhopal
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, East Railway Colony, Bhopal - 462053
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Bhopal, payable at Bhopal
Bhubaneshwar
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, D-79/80, Rail Vihar, BDA Rental Colony Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneshwar - 751 023, Orissa.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Bhubaneshwar, payable at Bhubaneshwar
Bilaspur
The Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Besides Office of General Manager, S.E.C. Railway's Hqtrs Office Complex, Bilaspur (CG) - 495 004
The Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Bilaspur, payableat Bilaspur
Chandigarh
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, S.C.O. - 34, 2nd Floor, Madhya Marg, Sector 7-C, Chandigarh - 160 019
 The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Chandigarh, payable at Chandigarh.
Chennai
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, No. 5, Dr. P. V. Cherian Crescent Road, Behind Ethiraj College, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Chennai, payable at Chennai.
Gorakhpur
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Station Road, Gorakhpur - 273 012.
The Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Gorakhpur, payable at Gorakhpur.
Guwahati
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Station Road, Pan Bazar, Guwahati - 781 001.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Guwahati, payable at Guwahati.
Jammu
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Jammu - Srinagar, Railway Colony (West), Jammu - 180 012.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Jammu Srinagar, payable at Jammu
Kolkata
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Metro Railway A. V. Complex, Chitpur (Opp. R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital), R.G. Kar Road, Kolkata , West Bengal- 700 037.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Kolkata, payable at Kolkata.
Malda
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Kalibari Railway Colony, M, P.O. Jhaljhalia, Malda, (West Bengal) - 732 102.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Malda, Payable at Malda.
Mumbai
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Divisional office Compound, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 202.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai, payable at Mumbai.
Muzaffarpur
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Lichi Bagan, Muzaffarpur-842 001.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Muzaffarpur payable at Muzaffarpur
Patna
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Mahendrughat, Patna - 800 004.
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Patna. payable at Patna.
Ranchi
The Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Railway Office Complex, Chutia Ranchi (Jharkhand).- 834 027
The Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Ranchi - payable at Ranchi
Secunderabad
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, South Lallaguda, Secunderabad - 500017
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Secunderabad, payable at Hyderabad
Thiruvananthapuram
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 001
The Assistant Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board, Thiruvananthapuram, payable at Thiruvananthapuram.

 

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