How to Make a Professional CV? Part II
This section is a paragraph of no more than 5 lines where your career is presented in a synthesized way without losing sight of objectivity when talking about your performance.
- Relevant academic information such as whether you were awarded a scholarship for academic performance, leadership positions within the university, outstanding scores or grades in school or recognized standardized tests.
- Quantify your achievements: It is important to contextualize the achievement and not expose it at a general level, that is, to express the specific actions that have had a positive impact and recognition, whose results can be attributed to you and not to collaborative work. Do not think that only “great” achievements count, singular actions that you have carried out for an improvement and for the contribution to that final achievement are enough.
For example, saying that during your job as a sales manager, company sales increased 25% does not necessarily translate into an achievement of your own. On the one hand, this achievement may be the result of teamwork, the launch of a new flagship product, the opening of new points of sale or a favorable economic climate.
- Skills and qualities: These must be supported with facts through examples or responsibilities and your own functions that you have developed in your position, as well as be linked to achievements highlighting your differentiators, how does this trajectory distinguish you from others?
- Important publications and research projects.
At the time of presenting all these tests, the common thread that a past, present and future must be drawn on those changes in work, industries or approach, justifying the learning that each of these experiences entails.
It is essential that your CV can communicate to the reader your career and skills that have led you to the position you are currently in. It is not necessary to include all of them, since the extension should not be tedious, therefore, you should only include those that really contribute to checking the knowledge or qualities that would make you the ideal student of the program to which you apply.
The training can happen outside the university and graduates, training courses, exchanges and internships including those preference to be endorsed by certifications. If you have a certificate or diploma that is not directly related to your professional path, but that indirectly shows personal characteristics or mentality that are part of the differentiators that you identified in your profile, they can be included in personal narratives (essays ) that are also requested as part of your admission portfolio.
Being a candidate for a postgraduate degree must go beyond the desire to acquire a university degree, since this should be only the means to achieve that aspiration that you want to solve a problem identified through the professional vocation. To sustain this vocation, supporting yourself from the volunteer work that you did can be a great ally, this because for universities it reflects values, commitments, interests and above all that you are willing to work hard not only for reasons that imply financial gain.
Finally, since you have the content to include in the CV, it is also necessary to have a vision of how it will be given and how to organize it, for which we present specific tips:
- There should be no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors using a descriptive and formal tone avoiding technicalities, as the committee members are not necessarily experts in the applicant’s field, through clear and concise language.
- Chronological order(most recent to oldest)
- It presents the information in an accessible way and with an attractive style, but not with great design, since it must be easy to read, without elements that are distractions.
- Header that includes name and contact information.
- Organize the information in sections with headings without using only capital letters.
- Use legible fonts and no smaller than 11 points.
- You can make use of bullets to list and highlight elements of your career.
The above information is essential for any type of CV that you wish to present and is adapted depending on the purposes that are had. The most common CVs are academic and quantitative.
As you could see in this article, preparing a CV for your application is an activity that requires thorough and deep self-reflection, where you must be objective to assess quantity and quality, as well as be punctual.