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How to write a cv or resume


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How to write a cv or resume

  1. 1. HOW TO WRITE A CV / RESUME For Architecture Student By: Pranay Kumar Tode Email:
  2. 2. This presentation is meant for educational purposes only. Data is completely based on internet research.
  3. 3. Everyone has an opinion about CVs. Often, everyone has a DIFFERENT opinion about CVs. So you need to know from the start, whatever you choose to do when it comes to writing your CV, you can’t please everyone. That’s just the way it is. In this presentation I am going to list out some things that generally are important when writing your CV, some basic ideas and guidelines. I would however, recommend you to have a look at some other sites that offer CV advice, so you can decide on a style and layout that is going to work for you, and ultimately, show your personality.
  4. 4. Most important things to cover in your CV Main areas you need to cover • Introduction/Profile – Give a brief introduction to yourself, what kind of person you are, and what kind of work you are looking for. How you approach your work, and a few of your best work related qualities. • Education – Outline your education history, achievements and grades. I wouldn’t say its necessary to go back to GCSEs but its up to you. Also, any achievements at university. I always think its best to work in chronological order, starting with the most recent, the same for experience.
  5. 5. • Experience –  Outline  your  work  experience  with  dates  and  details  (company name, location), duties, achievements, responsibilities. This  can be tough if you haven’t had much experience. A good one is any  student representative work you may have done, or any tasks where  you have had responsibility.  Try to avoid gaps in your dates, as people  may wonder what you’ve been up to. • Skills – As an architecture student I think its really important to list out  your skills in a separate area. (See examples below). This looks really  good  for  potential  employers  as  they  can  see  straight  away  all  the  software you can use, and imagine you slotting straight into their office.  Don’t put in Microsoft Word/Excel, you are expected to be able to use  that.
  6. 6. • Interests –  This  is  a  controversial  one.  I  always  think  it’s  nice  to  include  your  interests…if  they  are  interesting!  If  you  are  going  to  write watching TV, going to the pub, then don’t bother. If you play  sports, captain a team, were in societies at university, or are a keen  musician  it  will  give  the  potential  employer  a  flavour  of  you  as  a  person.
  7. 7. Versions • Don’t be afraid to have different versions of your CV depending  on where you are sending it, or for what job you are applying for.  There  is  nothing  wrong  with  tailoring  your  CV  to  each  job  application, it takes a bit of time but can be well worth the effort. I  would  suggest  that  if  you  are  applying  for  a  specific  job,  particularly with a large company that has an HR department, to  send out a formal CV with an attached portfolio booklet. Whereas  if  you  are  sending  out  a  speculative  application,  send  out  one  document – your CV, which includes some images as a flavour of  your work.
  8. 8. Make sure it is crystal clear • If your CV is difficult to read, poor print quality, a jumbled mess, it  will go straight in the bin. First impressions are made very quickly,  so you want the first impression of your CV to be that it is written by  someone who is organised and clear. Use a clear font, readable  font size, and don’t be afraid to use bullet points so that employers  can scan quickly through your CV to find the information they are  looking for.
  9. 9. Images? • Another tricky one that is debated often. To add images or not? We were really pushed to add images to our CV at my university. However, since then I have come across people that send out a formal, plain CV with an attached portfolio booklet, which can be quite effective. I particularly like it when they stick to a theme between the two and have given themselves a unique branding. (More on that in other posts). I guess its up to you to decide, see below for examples.
  10. 10. References • Make sure you state somewhere that references are available on request. If you don’t have a vast employment history ask one of your tutors if they wouldn’t mind being a reference for you. Pages • Make sure your CV is two pages, ie, two one sided A4 pages. Anymore than two, your potential employer will get bored, less than two, they may be concerned you don’t have much to offer. If you need to you can pad out with images, but don’t make that too obvious.
  11. 11. Most important things to AVOID on your CV •Spelling mistakes This is so obvious but it happens all the time! You may have trouble with spelling, that’s fine. Get someone to check it for you, and someone else to double check it. Spelling mistakes on a CV give a very bad first impression, and they are easily avoided. Make sure they don’t creep into your CV. •Stupid email addresses It may have been cool/funny at school to have a ‘crazy’ email address like or It may provide a laugh for the HR department, but it will not provide you with an interview. If necessary, create a new email address for formal emails, which is essentially your name, use middle initials or a few numbers – NO stupid nicknames!
  12. 12. • Incomplete information It is very frustrating reading through a CV that has information missing. Make sure you put in all the relevant details about your education, grades and importantly dates. Another common mistake is not providing full contact information including address, telephone number and email. Try to provide all of these things as different employers like to contact potential employees in different ways, so don’t make it difficult for them. • Inconsistent text and formatting For an architecture student, this is inexcusable. Make sure your formatting is consistent, size, font and layout should flow over the page/s. It looks terrible if you flick from one font to another, or have random font sizes that are clearly not intentional.
  13. 13. Thank youThank you