All of us have had to prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) at some point of time or the other. Those with a steady job and already in professional life for many years may not depend on a CV as much, but a CV is definitely extremely important for those who are just starting their search for a job.
A CV can make or mar the job prospects of a person. It is on the basis of what you have written on your CV that the recruiters create an image of you as a candidate. A badly-written CV can easily put off recruiters. They will not call you even if your qualifications are right, if you have failed to project your achievements in the right way.
For all these reasons, it is extremely important to spend a good amount of time in preparing your CV. It should not be written in a hurry, at the last minute. Here are some tips about how to write a good CV.
Your CV should highlight the points of your career very clearly. Depending on the kind of job profile you are looking for, and the business profile of the company you want to appear for an interview with, it makes good sense to fine-tune your CV in advance. Highlight that part of your CV which you think is more relevant to the current position that you are aiming for. For example, you may be an excellent piano-player, but if you are applying for the position of an accountant at a business player, your score at the graduate level and your internship experience should find the first mention. Extra-curricular activities can be mentioned at a later stage.
However, on the contrary, if you are looking for the position of a manager of a famous rock band, your credentials of being a good piano-player may find place much earlier, followed immediately by your skills at accounting and management. For each different job you are aiming for, thus, your CV should also be pruned slightly.