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Tips for a perfect CV
Only 6 steps separate you from a Perfect CV
As you know, a resume is an essential part of any job application. While the average employer will only spend 10 seconds on the CV, you must be confident in every line. Have you ever been rejected? There is a high chance that you had all the skills required by the employer but they didn't stand out.

Based on the hiring experience of our coaches, here are the tips to prepare a Perfect Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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Format
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Structure
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Use the right words
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Show your impact
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Find balance
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Correct data
Tip 1: Format


Your CV must fit on one page, use a conventional font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman), with a size from 11 and more.


When writing a CV, aim to create a coherent and simple document that will be easy to browse. As was mentioned previously, an HR manager will spend an average of 10 seconds on the CV. Therefore, it is crucial to make the main points stand out.

Tip 2: Structure


Your CV must contain 5 main sections:


  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Extra-curricular achievements
  • Additional skills and interests

A clear structure of the CV helps you to organize the information in the right order. You can put the "Work Experience'' section first in case you had previous work experience in consulting or related fields. Additionally, support your statements under each section with bullet points.


Tip 3: Use the right words


Start every bullet point with an action verb.


By using action verbs in the beginning of a bullet point or sentence, you provide a clear representation of what you have done, as an introduction to the bullet point/sentence itself.

Some examples of action verbs in bullet points:


  • Designed business models with sustainability strategies for Nike and Sony aimed to reduce CO2 equivalent impact by 50% by 2023 and increase profit margins by 10%.
  • Elected as a Student Ambassador (Head of Global MBA Student Community) for a student body of over 100.
  • Received government scholarships (only awarded to top 20% academic performers).
  • Led a team of 40 people to manage company level events with an INR 0.5M budget.


Tip 4: Show your impact


Demonstrate personal impact wherever possible.


While stating your operational activities under each section is essential, don't forget to indicate your personal impact where applicable. These points will contribute to your credibility for the HR manager.


Examples:

  • Awarded with 'Delivery Excellence' award consecutively for 3 years (2015, 2016, 2017).
  • Europe winner of business simulation game (ESCP Business School business strategy simulation.


Tip 5: Find balance


Create a balance between 4 main consulting skills:


  • problem solving
  • entrepreneurial drive
  • leadership
  • personal impact

When writing a statement for each of the sections, incorporate a mix of the main consulting skills. These are the skills that HR managers are usually willing to see from the candidates, yet some of them fail to incorporate them into the statements.


Examples:

  • Planned and managed quarterly outgoings and offsites for 1000 people;
  • Boosted market share by 10% by leading a team of 7 people to launch a new simulation and optimization product.


Tip 6: Correct data


Introduce correct data to the statements in each of the sections.


Clear data provides a comprehensive chronology of your actions for the HR manager. It is also a great contribution to the structure of the CV and a way to create an overview on different experiences you have.


Education

Information that you can include into this section include: GPA, awards, scholarships, grants, and dissertations/theses. If you do not have any relevant experience in consulting or work experience, this section will be your main presentation of relevant skills and experiences as a candidate.


Work experience

In this section, include 2 to 4 experiences that are most relevant for the position. Support each of the experiences with 3 to 5 bullet points, starting with the action verbs. If you have previous work or consulting experiences, put this section before the education.


Extra-curricular achievements

To develop this section, you may include 1 to 3 relevant achievements that will show your key consulting skills. These experiences must be supported by 2 to 4 bullet points.


Some of the possible achievements:

  • Leading a University Club;
  • Leading Role in a Political party;
  • Building an app / website / physical project;
  • Being invited as a speaker to a conference.

Additional skills and interests

This section covers your languages, IT skills, interests/hobbies, and any other relevant activities. If you are planning to include IT, consider showing your knowledge about Python, R, Java, HTML, CSS, and other programming languages. Hobbies are not crucial and can be added if you want to enhance your CV.


Some of the examples are:Languages: English (Native), Hindi (Native), German (Advanced), Spanish (Basic).

IT skills: Python (Advanced), Java (Advanced), HTML (intermediate).

Interests/Hobbies: Golf (since 10 years), hiking, opera singer (since 6 years).


This is a step-by-step checklist that you can use to create your perfect CV. . Aim for clarity and coherence, so the HR manager will have more reasons to invite you for the interview. And remember, there is no room for perfection!


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