What is the purpose of a CV?
There are different ways to answer that question but too many people make the mistake of thinking that a CV’s purpose is to get them a job. Actually, CVs open and close doors. Their primary purpose is to make an employer interested enough to invite you in for an interview. Truth is, before you get the job, you must draw the attention of the interviewer; he must be impressed so much that he invites you for an interview.
The question is how do you create that interest when you don’t exactly fit the mold? Just as people come in different sizes and shapes, so do CVs.
Today, according to reader’s requests, Ngcareers sheds light on the Chronological CV.
This is perhaps the most traditional, popular and preferred style of CV writing where the education and experience are listed in reverse chronological order beginning with the most recent.. Ideally, it should show how each job builds upon the former. By giving a clear picture of where you have worked and what you have accomplished, the chronological CV demonstrates that you have “paid your dues” and you are ready to strategically advance to the next level of responsibility.
This type of CV is perfect for someone who is experienced. If you are switching careers or a fresh graduate entering the workforce, this type of CV will most likely get you nowhere.
Key Components of Chronological CV:
It is essential that a potential employer can reach you. This section should include your name, address (city and state is sufficient in this age of identity theft), one phone number, and one e-mail address.
Your CV should lead off with a section that highlights your key accomplishments and achievements. Think of this section as an executive summary of your resume; identify key accomplishments that will grab the attention of an employer.
This section should summarize (using nouns as keywords and descriptors) your major accomplishments and qualifications.
For fresh graduates, this entry should be your next. For others with full-time work experience, this section should follow your experience section.
This section should include school(s) attended (including years of attendance), degrees, and honors and awards received.
For new grads only: If you decide to list your GPA, make sure to use the GPA that puts you in the best light.
This section can also be labeled “Experience, “Work History,” or “Employment”. This section should include company name, your job title, dates of employment, and major accomplishments. List experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with your most current experience.
List your accomplishments in bullet format (rather than paragraph format). Avoid discussing job duties or responsibilities.
Finally, make sure to make use of action verbs when describing your accomplishments.
This section is optional; include it only if you have room on your resume for it. Items from this section are often used as an ice-breaker by interviewers looking to start an interview on an informal basis.
This section should only include professional memberships and non-controversial activities/interests.
Many experts say this section is passe, but if you have space, include it. If nothing else, this section signals the end of your resume
• Past experience is emphasized.
• A straightforward experienced-based approach which helps recruiters make quicker decisions; often expected by employers.
• This type of CV is effective if progressively moving upward in the same or similar fields with a strong, steady and stable career track record.
• Clearly follows a timeline of experience where job titles, employers and length of employment are impressive.
• Duties, responsibilities, promotions and achievements are connected, related and described with each work experience.
• Best for focused candidates looking for further advancement in the same or similar fields.
• Also, this form of CV is the easiest to prepare, read and interpret by highlighting career growth, current responsibilities and educational credentials.
• Useful for those whose career objectives are aligned with their past work history.
• Causes employment gaps, frequent job changes or weak areas to stand out.
• Does not allow the opportunity to emphasize skill sets.
• Not good for those trying to change career fields.
• Work dates divulges the candidate’s age more quickly.
• May give the impression that you are “over-qualified.”
Who should use the chronological CV? If you have a solid work history, your experience is aligned with the job you are applying to, and you have no lapses between employment, use this format.
Do you want to put together a chronological CV but don’t have the time to put one together? Have no fear; Ngcareers will help you put together that amazing CV that no employer will be able to resist. Contact us today.
Have you ever created and used a chronological CV before? Did you find it effective? Your thoughts and comments below please…Types Of CV: Chronological CV by Stellamaris Obomanu