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How to structure CV with limited experience?


  • How to structure CV with limited experience?

    • Nov 18, 2017
    • by Admin

    When an employer needs employees he advertises it through different media. Candidates, who think are eligible apply. Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first interaction between an employer and an employee.

    CV is much longer than resume and bio-data. More information is included. It is a way to quickly and concisely convey one’s skill and academic qualifications. Usually, it is two to three pages.

    CV contains information about academics, degrees, research, awards, publications, presentations, and achievements. When there are many applications, organizations usually prefer one page CV summary.

    Candidates face problems during drafting CV if they are inexperienced or less experience. There is a different structure for inexperienced and less experienced.

    CV structure for inexperienced candidates

    The candidates without experience should be careful while drafting their CV structure.

    Following points should be considered.

    1. Career objectives

    The purpose of career goal is not to inform hiring managers what you will get from the company. It is better to showcase your skills and ability. How you will be able to fulfill the responsibilities of the company. Since you do not have experience your career goal should focus on your personality and your traits that make you a perfect fit.

    2. Education should be highlighted

    Since you are inexperienced, it is better to lay more emphasis on your academics. It will offset for lack of experience. It will help you to effectively highlight your skills and qualities.

    3. Academic achievements

    Your academic activities can be structured like your relevant experience. Do highlight the skills relevant to the job applied for. Details of the responsibilities held by you which are relevant to the job applied for.

    There are common skills that can be displayed through academic and co-curricular activities. They are leadership qualities, ability to organize and problem-solving.

    CV structure for experienced or less experienced candidates

    If one has less relevant experience for the job applied for, better choose functional CV.

    Now, what is this Functional CV? It focuses on skills and experience. Not experience history as in resume structure. It highlights your training, capabilities of managing etc. Remember to summarize work history at the end of skill listing and qualification.

    Next question arises how to write Functional CV?

    One has to figure out how you can reach till interview stage with little relevant experience. First, read the job description in details. Read it few times over and over. You will get an idea what exactly employer is looking for in a prospective candidate. In your resume, list these skills requirements on the top.

    There are certain skills which are necessary and are common to any industry or sector. These are also called transferable skills. Identify these transferable skills matching the job description.

    Focus on the skill you possess and experience you have. Let the employer know that you have potential to get the jobs done. You are comfortable in handling people even if you are new in the field.


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