One of the most ‘valuable’ professional documents that provide the reader with an overview of professional and educational history is the resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV). The purpose of this document is to ‘sell you’ to the employer. In fact, this is the document that will provide you a pass for an interview. So, what aspects should you cover in your CV? Don’t worry, we drafted five free templates to show you how a professional CV should look like in the project management world.
What to Include in a CV?
Sections in the professional CV may vary and there is no strict order, but there are only a few sections that must be included in every CV. These sections are:
- Contact details
- Job title
- Work experience
- Educational history
- Set of skills
- Short bio or professional statement
The Work experience and Educational history should follow ascending chronological order starting from the most recent or current education/work experience and finishing with the latest education/work experience. The professional statement or short bio should be short and clear stating the most important information about your career path. Usually, the contact details include home address, phone number, and email address, but you can also include your LinkedIn profile, Skype name, your website, or any other professional portfolio that is relevant for the job vacancy.
Moreover, if you have received any awards, you can mention them. You may also include extra sections such as conference courses, personal projects, publications, volunteer experience, etc. but only those that are relevant for the job you are applying.
Things to Consider
Besides listing your professional and educational history, the CV should be also appealing to the eyes. Not too colorful, but smart, professional, and concise. It is also good to include a headshot picture to put a face to the name.
Keep in mind to draft your CV for each specific job vacancy and include only the experiences that are relevant to that exact position. No one wants to read extra information that is not relevant nor for the job opening nor for the company. Also, the length of the CV is important. The rule of thumb says that you need to keep your CV up to 1 page if you have under 5 years of work experience, and a maximum of 2-3 pages for more than 5 years of professional experience.
No recruiter wants to see the same CV hundred times, so unique CV will stand out from the crowd.
These five CV templates will give you an idea of how to create your own unique and professional resume.
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