What should my CV include?

October is here already and you are probably warming up to apply for a master’s programme at Chalmers. If you are aiming for a scholarship, having a good CV is a must. You should put an effort to make it stand out content-wise and design-wise, as you are telling a story of yourself to the admission committee!! In this blog, I tried to make a compilation of some tips and tricks from different sources, addressing all important issues that will help you to make your CV awesome!

Should you choose a traditional one or a creative one? Traditional formats are a safer option. But, creative CVs are great for grabbing attention if executed perfectly. So before using a particular graphics or color or picture, ask yourself “Does it make the whole CV easier to read?” “Does it highlight an important skill?” If the answer is no, then it’s best not to overdo it. Many students use the europass template, and you use it too, of course. It is simple yet clear and looks professional.

At best, CV should be 1 or 2 pages long. Include only relevant information and avoid redundant ones. For example, include your name, contact, and relevant achievements, not your achievement in a hotdog eating competition!!

List your degrees and education background chronologically with recent ones at the beginning with results or grades. If you are expecting to graduate or get the mark sheet soon, write when you are expecting that. You don’t have to write course names, as those will be on your transcripts anyway!

4.Work Experience 
You can include relevant organization or companies you had worked for chronologically, mentioning position, job responsibility and the time when you worked there. Students can include internships in this part. Quick tip! Instead of writing a sentence to describe a role or position, use actions words to describe it. Example: “Co-developed an efficient planning system to improve logistics that cut down project cost to 15%”. 

Do mention subject specific software and language skill you have but avoid writing a common application that everyone knows. For example, MS Office instead of writing Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. separately. 

If you have a peer-reviewed journal paper or a published conference paper on a well-known website e.g. Elsevier, PlosOne, you should include those along with links.

Academic achievements or projects where you successfully solved problems or competitions relevant to your study where you made significant progress can be included.
8.Community/ volunteering involvement
Do include your involvement in different student or community organizations because these show how active and engaged you are as a person. 

When you are putting your referee's name and contact info, make sure they know you academically and/or professionally. So a good approach will be to tell them beforehand that they might be contacted for references. It is always good to put thesis supervisor or someone’s name under whom you have worked in a project or assignment.

Now that seems some long advice! But don’t get exhausted. Once you understand the niche of it, it becomes easier. Last but not the least; keep it brief, simple and concise. More information regarding how your CV should look like can be found on Chalmers website. Best of luck for your application!

Author: Raihan Abir

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