Curriculum Vitae Tips 2018 For Students applying in Masters and PHD Programs.
Your Curriculum Vitae should be on a standard A4 Page settings, with a decent serif or sans serif font like Times New Roman, Verdana, Georgia with font size varying from 10 to 12 (personal suggestion). Headings could be a bit bigger and so can be the name.
Try not to use so many colors other than Black & White until or unless you are very proficient in Adobe Photoshop (Making CV on Photoshop Is excellent choice if you can make one).
Use standard heading and text formats throughout, similarly use standard dates and bullets’ formats.
Don’t underline or bold excessively.
Don’t write address, contact and email ID etc. as they are included in the application.
Don’t add REFERENCES section in Curriculum Vitae and PLEASE don’t write available on request.
Don’t mention terms like team player etc. and DON’T include objective statement or personal summary.
Don’t use the pronoun “I” and DON’T include a picture.
Don’t put full stop at the end of job related achievements/duties etc. as they are NORMALLY not sentences but only phrases.
As profiles can vary a great deal from person to person so the layout or organization of information in structure can also vary, however, try to follow this order:
1. Education (Normally from latest to previous ones, don’t include Matric/O levels and Intermediate/A levels information but if you do then be very precise and write mainly about university degrees)
Write the year of completion (or expected year), CGPA/percentages and University name
2. Professional Experience (Write your role, tenure and BRIEFLY highlight achievements/work done and NOT the duties and responsibilities)
3. Research Experience and Projects (or just one of them) (Write your role, tenure and achievements/work done and NOT the duties and responsibilities)
4. Certificate Courses (or) Professional Certifications (Name and brief information, grade etc.)
5. Volunteer Experience (if any)
6. Computes/Software and Language Skills (Brief and specific)
Not a very important section for some applicants
7. Awards and Achievements (Very few major and relevant ones not like got a Laptop etc.)
Don’t make typos, proof read it, ensure the settings of the page are correct and standardized, rename the file like “SohaibCV” and always convert the WORD Curriculum Vitae into PDF before uploading.
Note: The headings order, information detail etc. can vary a little depending upon your own profile.
From my experience the most important factors for a successful FB app would be the story you make in your PS and then how your Curriculum Vitae and recommendation letters support your story, and then your personal outlook in the interview. For PhD, how your Research Proposal is commensurate with the mission of FB and shows the maturity of your critical thinking. All other things are secondary and sometimes don’t even matter. So i think more time should be spent on these few things.