CV Best Practices

Resume Building

CV Best Practices

What is the purpose of the CV / resume?

It’s a 1-page summary of your experience, skills, and qualifications. A human resources official or admissions officer is likely to spend only 30 seconds reading your CV so it’s essential to tailor your profile to demonstrate competence for the desired opportunity.

What are the essentials of a strong CV?

  • Use bullet point summaries with actionable descriptions of your work: “Launched program to…” “Researched economic implications of…” “Developed initiative to…”
  • Quantify your personal contribution and impact whenever possible. How much money did you raise? How many volunteers recruited? What percentile (%) achievement?
  • Highlight relevant skills for your target opportunity. A finance company is looking for quantitative skills while a law firm is likely seeking analytical and communication skills.

What are stylistic considerations to take my CV to the next level?

  • Separate into distinct categories: Education, Experience (employment, research, leadership), Awards, Skills
  • Use bolding and italics to draw attention to organizations + titles on your CV
  • Include location + dates to contextualize your experiences
  • Include your name and contact information (email + phone number) at the top
  • White space is powerful because it draws attention to your key information instead of obscuring behind less relevant material.

Follow these steps to polish your CV and stand out to prospective employers and human resource officers.


Greg Nance

ChaseFuture CEO