“Every wind is bad for a ship that has no compass and its captain is not master.”
The CV you will prepare should be purposeful. You don’t have to write everything. Rather than telling your life story, you should write down information about the position that the employer might care about. For this reason, it is in your advantage to do a preliminary research on the position you are applying for and the company you are applying for. What information you can and cannot include in your resume may come out as a result of this research. Also, keep in mind that you have to prepare different resumes for different job applications.
Things To Pay Attention To While Preparing Your CV
- When describing your internship experiences, you should convey the skills you have gained, the decision-making skills you have put into practice, and the improvements you have achieved and made.
- While describing your skills, you should make sure that it applies to other jobs and professions..
- Make sure the format of your CV matches the target employer.
- If you are thinking of business in a creative field, you can choose a more liberal and original format.
- If you are thinking of a field such as finance or marketing, a format in which you can demonstrate your writing and word use skills and explain how it will be beneficial for the employer is more appropriate.
- It is advantageous to prepare various versions of the CV suitable for every situation.
- You should try to keep your CV short, choose a clear and understandable format, avoid providing unnecessary information.
- You can give two very important references in your CV, but you can also say “It will be specified if requested” in the references section. However, you should be prepared for the references you can give during the interview and the relevant phone and addresses.
How Should Your CV Format Be?
Paper Size : A4
Font : Times NewRoman, Arial veya Helvetica
Font Sizes :
- Name: 14 point size (larger and bold than other text)
- Address and Phone: 10 pt (minimum readable size)
- Titles: 13 point (slightly larger and bold than the text)
- Body: 11 or 12 (Institution company names are bold)
- Line Spacing: Single
- Length: 1-2 pages (if possible)
- Proper Names: You should not translate proper names (Le Lycée de Tevfik Fikret, Robert Collegiate, TED etc.), cite and translate company names as they are registered.
How Should Your Writing Style Be?
- You must convey information directly, precisely and concisely. It is important to pay attention to the consistency of tenses and sentence structure.
- Use punctuation marks correctly.
- It is clearer to use periods rather than columns.
- You should avoid jargon words, technical terms, and abbreviations (except favorites and training degree abbreviations).
Things to Consider in the Writing Process
- Consider all of your educational, social and volunteer experiences in the last 4 years. You can write down your every experience about each of them. However, you should not add or exaggerate your sentences.
- You should gather all the information about each experience (title, full name of organization and activities, department, month / year dates, and location).
- You can indicate the skills you have acquired through education, experience and activities.
- You can think about your personal, technical, business skills and depths and build the frame of your CV accordingly.
- Going beyond just making a job description
- In which projects he works,
- What results you achieved
- You can talk about what has been achieved beyond what is desired.
- You have to take all this information and compile it under various categories. For example, education, work experiences, internship, skills, competition results, projects activities, social activities, awards and achievements.
- You can prioritize this information according to the importance of the reader and the effect you will create.
- You should determine the order of the categories by considering what information you want to highlight about yourself.
- Be sure to organize all the information so that it fits on 1 or 2 pages.
- You should create a consistent format with the same post type and size, with categories, titles, and dates in the same place.
- You can use Word to create a style, and when you use features such as italics and bullets, you should also pay attention to the consistency of this style.
- Make sure that the CV is correct.
- You should check your spelling and grammar mistakes over and over again to make sure there is no mistake.
- You should have someone else check your CV for spelling and grammar.
- If there is inconsistency in headings, line spacing and format, you should correct it.
- You should be careful to be consistent in using commas, newlines, periods, and capitals.
- You should make sure that your personal information, especially the phone number and e-mail address that will allow you to be reached, is correct.
Job Descriptions to Include in Your CV
- It is important to know the features that a good CV should have in order to write an effective business description. A strong CV sentence begins with a good descriptive adjective and continues with the verb.
- Start with an action verb describing what you’re doing
- Qualify by an adjective
- Take care to use numerical data such as numbers, proportions, and percentages.
- Specify the subject
- Implicitly imply the subject of “I”
- State the results.
- Keep sentences as short as possible.
- When talking about past experiences, use the past tense.
- If the experiences in two different workplaces are the same, just describe the work experience at your last workplace, just write the position name of the previous job.
- You should not include titles such as “CV” or “Resume” at the beginning of your resume.
- You should not sign your CV.
- When faxing your CV, you should indicate on the cover letter, when sending by e-mail, whether the CV is for internship or work, if you are sending it on an advertisement, what date it is and if any, the reference number of the advertisement. After sending your CV, you should definitely phone and check if it has reached your hands.
- If the CV is not well written and does not look attractive, it can be neglected. Remember, the average time allotted to read a CV in the first rounds is 10 seconds.
- Spelling and grammar mistakes are by no means acceptable. Always have two people check the spelling and grammar rules.
You can review and download Turkish (1) Turkish (2) and English (1) English (2) CV samples that we have prepared for you, or if you want us to evaluate your own CV, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “CV Evaluation”.