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Preparing a CV

A CV (or résumé) is a very important document in the form of a short summary of your educational background, your work experience and qualifications, and is prepared to show your eligibility for a position you apply for with the purpose of making a good impression. In preparing a CV, you aim to have an opportunity for a job interview. This means that your CV may make you eligible for a job interview, or it may cause you to be eliminated even before that stage.

It is possible to write a CV in different formats, but the most commonly used format is the one that shows your educational background and work experience in reverse chronological order, according to which the most recent information appears first in the document, while the oldest appears the last.  

Here are a few tips for writing an effective CV:

  • As the name suggests, a CV must be brief (one or two pages at most), and should not be written in the form of long paragraphs,
  • Easily readable fonts like “Times New Roman” or “Arial” should be used, the recommended font sizes being 11 or 12 points,
  • Words or sentences should not be underlined,
  • Correct spelling and punctuation should be used,
  • The CV should be tailored to the job or position being applied for; this requires doing previous research and collecting information about the employer, which makes it possible to write the CV using a “common language” (i.e. “key words” directed to the position), 
  • Personal information about the applicant should appear at the top, followed by work experience (e.g. internship for new graduates, project work, committee memberships, team projects, volunteer service), and educational background,    
  • It is essential to write the exact dates of the applicant’s work experience, as well as the previous employer’s name, the previous position(s), the responsibilities undertaken and the job(s) done; and if the applicant worked in different cities, their names should also be stated,
  • Specific accomplishments should be highlighted (e.g. prizes received, “initial” applications, and contributions made to boost productivity),
  • To ensure greater confidence, accomplishments can be quantified by stating concrete amounts of money and time (provided that corporate confidentiality rules are not breached),   
  • It is preferable to use words expressing action, such as “implement”, “supervise”, “manage” or “initiate”,
  • CV is to be sent to the U.S.A., information like the applicant’s picture, age and gender should not be included (as asking for such information is considered as discrimination there).  

In order to apply for the job vacancies posted on our website by our member corporations, you can join our website and fill out your personal CV form.

Please click here if you would like to receive consultancy on how to prepare a CV.

Suggested resources available at the METU Library on how to prepare a CV:  

Great answers to tough CV problems [electronic resource] : CV secrets from a top career coach

The CV book : your definitive guide to writing the perfect CV

Creating a succesful CV [electronic resource]

Brilliant CV: What Employers Want to See and How to Say It