Imagine that you have all the qualifications for a good job. But if you don't know how to present yourself with a good bio data or CV, it is of no use. Your Bio Data/CV/Resume is the first step towards a successful career. A resume reflects your life, talents, qualifications and skills in a manner that impresses the employer. These days companies are so busy that they recruit people on the basis of the CV. Looking at the way the bio data is presented they can make out much about the applicant. A good resume is therefore important if you apply for a good job. Most people know how to make a good bio data, but not many people know how to make an effective bio data. As they say the first impression is the last impression. Your bio data is the first impression. Let us examine how to make an effective bio data for applying for a good job.
Tips for a good bio data while applying for a job
Always use a soft tone when writing a bio data. Harsh language should be avoided. In the left portion on the top write the name and address of the employer.
On the right hand side write the date and the reference from which you saw the job vacancy.
Begin your bi data by writing 'respected sir'. In the reference mention 'bio data for the post of... so and so(the post you are applying for)
After the above points comes the main matter. Divide your Bio data in the sections of 'introduction', 'qualifications held', 'current experience' and 'specialization', 'contact details' and finally 'salary expectations'. You need not stick to these sections alone. You may create additional sections to expand your CV further. In the 'Introduction' write your name in capital letters them mention your date of birth, age, father's name and residential address(for official correspondence)
In the qualifications section, use boxes and margins using Microsoft Excel. Mention your full education details including High School, intermediate, graduation, post graduation and details of professional courses attended. If you have technical qualifications, make a sub section in the qualifications section.
In the experience section write down all your experiences. Don't hesitate to mention even minor experiences or short term works. Give the time line for this along with details of companies worked for and the reason for leaving them. Make sure that what you mention in the experience column is true. Don't provide lies of any kind.
Subsequent to this you may provide your contact details.Mention your correct address as the company can verify this. Mention your mobile number, email id and your Facebook id. Many Multi National Companies also review the Facebook id if they find the candidate interesting.
Finish the CV by mentioning your full name and signing it. Sign at the lower right hand side.
Always use a clean paper for preparing your CV. Take out a computer print, avoid hand written CVs.
Make sure that all the information given by you is accurate. The company can launch a verification. It would be an insult for you if the qualifications/experience details provided by you are incorrect
Make sure you mention qualifications/experience/technical knowledge which is related to the job. For example if you are applying for the job of an Electrical Engineer, talking at length about a course of secretarial practices that you have done will not be of much help.
If you have resigned from a company earlier, mention the reason for doing so clearly. If possible show a letter on these lines from your former company.
Read the requirement of the company in the concerned advertisement clearly. Send your CV only if your CV full-fills the requirements of the company, not otherwise.
Don't be afraid of your bio data exceeds 3-4 pages. The more you can display your talents, the better.
Most jobs today require some understanding of computers. Show some computer skills in your CV too. If you don't know computers, do a crash course.
Knowledge of many languages is an added advantage. If you know more than two languages, make sure to mention them.
If applying through post(this is required for some Government jobs) make sure you send through registered post. Many MNCs prefer emails. They may or may not ask you for the hard copy. If they do, give them a print out.
Few mistakes to avoid while preparing a CV
Always double check your CV. Never prepare it in a hurry.
Check the grammar and spelling of your CV
Only use words that you are familiar with
Use comas, full stops hyphens etc correctly.
Don't use abbreviations
Use only a single format when mentioning dates. Do not change this
Use only one kind of font. Don't keep changing this
Do not use small writing. Use big fonts. But not too big.
Use only A4 or similar good quality paper.
Use gaps appropriately. Don't make your CV congested.
Never use cap locks. Write your CV in lower case.