Curriculum Vitae, a CV in short, is an important reflection of the competencies of an individual in her/his absence. Even in her/his presence in the interview or an important face-to-face meeting, the CV is an important document that echoes the first impression. The immense significance of the creation of the Latin expression,
Curriculum Vitae, translated as [the] course of [my] life, therefore cannot be ignored at all levels.
A CV for beginners may include following subheads:
. Introductory details and education qualification
. Projects undertaken and awards - achievements
. Positions of responsibility
. Other interest - activities and other information
Introductory details and educational qualifications: The beginning of a CV includes introductory details such as name, course, year, college and university. Most important is your email ID, which should be small and clear to make it convenient for HR people to type it while trying to approach you. Another mistake that most CV writers make is writing 'Curriculum Vitae' at the top as a head. There is no need for this.
The next important information for the undergraduate student is her/his academic credentials. The current marks should be at the top and after Class 12, the marks should entered for every year, preferably separately, as some opportunities like for the Wipro Wase Programme demand first division in each year. Measuring the adjustment level of the applicant, few companies also make a note of and give special preference to the students who are staying away from their homes - on or off campus.
Projects undertaken and awards - achievements: At the second level, there is an additional credit that a candidate has acquired in college or university that is, other than mandatory course work. This could be listed in the form of projects undertaken and awards achieved. Preferably this should be around your main subject and academic interest. Other achievements acquired in the last two years can also be noted in the CV.
Positions of responsibility: This is where you need to list all positions of responsibilities that you have held in college/ university and list specific tasks under them. Therefore, this should reflect active learning in at least one extra-curricular activity like debating, theatre, music, fine arts, photography or placements in college.
Other essential information: This section may include hobbies, languages known or other specific skills missing under the other subheads. This information is meant to bring forth the holistic persona of the applicant.
There is no need to mention the expected CTC (cost to company) in the CV unless asked. Even for referees, they may be made available on request, and that too after confirming with the referees. In order to standardise the information, a few companies produce their own application form.
In the end there is no need to write the declaration statement, but what is very important is to remember that one has to tell the complete truth. Lies not only haunt you, HR experts conduct their reference checks too. Moreover, right is always right and it sets a positive foundation to build a constructive and fulfilled future.
The author is associate professor, Kirori Mal College, DU and was founder chairperson, Central Placement Cell, DU.