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How to Create a Perfect CV

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Creating a CV can be time taking and complex. Many scholarships sponsors and job employers require CV attachment from applicants either detailed or less detailed CV. Your CV is like a ticket that determines your chance of being favored, the accurate and well structured your CV is, the closer you are to be a beneficiary. It is the first communication between you and the sponsor, hence, the need for you to leave a remarkable impression about yourself through your CV.

What is CV?

Curriculum vitae shortened as “CV” is a self information document that tells employers and scholarships sponsors about you, experiences, academic excellences, trainings, skills, talents and proficiency. You may be confused as another term “Resume” is often used interchangeably, they are terming the same thing.
It is an impression targeted document you submit to job employers or scholarships sponsors to prove yourself as the best individual among other applicants or contenders to be granted. A unique created one does a magic effortlessly, all you need is to master the formats and guidelines binding each CV types. Before being summoned for an interview, your CV if required plays a big role by convincing sponsors and employers how capable and impactful you can be to yourself and the community as large. Are you tired of writing poor CV? Or you don’t even know how to?
Here are some guides and formats to help you.

Common Types of CV.

There are 2 common types of this document.

1. Academic CV for scholarships and grants opportunity

These are CV you create for scholarships and grants, they mostly include information such as seeker’s background, academic certifications (Degrees, SAT, IELTS, CGPA, admission exam scores among others). The primary purpose of this is to view your academic excellences, potential ability and prospective certification. Any scholarship that necessitates providence of such information is based on merit selection not just a random and shuffle method of picking winners or beneficiaries.
That is one of the ways of identifying a fake scholarship, check our previous update to read more on how to Identify Scam Scholarships

2. Job Seeking Curriculum Vitae

Graduates or already employed people are mostly required to submit a document that covers their merits, skills and experiences, it may be used for job placement purpose or promotional process. A job employer will be delighted to promote you from your current position if you add a new qualification or skill.

Now that you are acquainted with the common types, you will love to know how to write the one that pertains to you.

How to Write a Perfect Academic CV

As stated earlier this a document that entails your academic experiences, skills and certifications. They are the summary of your proficiency which sponsors assess to determine if you are worthy of an open grant.

Your academic CV must have the following qualities;

  1. Strength describing
    An academic curriculum vitae is an evaluation instrument, you should make it tell your strength to the sponsor. Although while doing that, do not excessively hype your qualifications, it may be a mistake that will put you off consideration. For example, “I possess an unrelenting desire to conduct impactful researches”.
  2. Personal information (if asked).
    Your name, contact, email and address should be provided in your curriculum vitae if you are asked to. The purpose of this include;
    To contact you for updates.
  3. Nationality Eligibility check (some countries may be restrained from the scholarship)
  4. Academic Experiences
    In case of a scholarship winner/beneficiary selection is based on merit, you must as well provide your qualifications and certifications. If it meets the sponsor’s benchmark for selection, you are just a second away from receiving the email confirming your winning. Example, “having completed my first degree with a first class honor, I furthered to barge a master’s degree in computer science”.
  5. Well organized
    The neat and accurate your CV is, the more profound of it being perused by the sponsors. A rough and bad structured CV will be left unassessed, there are many applicants with comprehensive CV in line.
  6. Easy to comprehend
    You should avoid using difficult grammars and complicated sentences when making your CV. It is best documented in official words with a simple format.
  7. Up-to-date documentation
    An outdated qualification or certification that is not in demand anymore should be removed from your CV. It only gives your CV an outlook of dead feats.
  8. Relevancy
    How well do you know about the scholarship you are applying for? Make research and background check of a scholarship to know exactly what to write. You will be automatically declined if your CV is not meeting the requirements. You do not want to give a Medical impression for a military scholarship, right?
  9. Short and specific
    It is not a long essay that narrates a story, it is an official evaluation document. Short and precise curriculum vitae have a higher chance of getting you a winning call.
  10. Language
    Your language choice in writing a curriculum vitae must be the same with the destined sponsor. If not the same but eligible for translation. Do not make the mistake because you will be disqualified automatically.

Common Mistakes

These are some of the mistakes made in creating an academic scholarship CV;

  • Long and imprecision.
  • Irrelevancy.
  • Overemphasizing.
  • Adoption of complicated format.
  • Uploading an unofficial passport (if required).
  • Difficult choice of words.

Tips on Creating a Good Academic scholarship CV

  • Avoid clichés (overused grammatical expressions). Example, “I will be glad if I am”, “I am a hardworking student”. Instead of these, rather use a more unique catchy phrases.
  • Use the conventional font which is the Times New Roman Size 12. (Titles and subtitles excluded).
  • Use a curriculum vitae simple format.
  • Your academic merits such as qualification must be highlighted primarily.
  • Make your career objectives known.
  • Describe yourself in short.
Download a guide and format for your academic scholarship CV; WSV academic scholarship CV format
That is for creating a good academic scholarship CV, stay with us while we bring to you how to create the perfect one for Job application.
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