Some Additional Headings in a CV
Technical/Professional Qualifications: In case you hold a specific professional qualification, make sure that you not only mention it but highlight it too. This would give you an edge over your competitors. For example, you are applying for a design engineer position and your CV states that you hold an extra certification in CAD that definitely goes in your favor.
- Your suitability for a technical job would depend highly on what information you put under this heading.
- Highlight your technical qualifications.
- Highlight the practical work that you have done.
An experience revolving around a technical qualification would be like ‘icing on the cake']
Professional Development/ Continuing Education: Many careers require one to continuously work and up-grade. This happens by attending professional education, conferences, workshops etc. In case you have attended, these workshops do give them place in your CV.
- Attending such business related events shows one's desire to be up to the mark with reference to one’s profession.
- It shows your zeal towards your profession and growth.
Conferences, workshops further act as a platform for interaction with industry people. These are also hunting grounds for talent]
Affiliations/Memberships/Grants: Under this head, you are to mention any professional accreditation, license, certification that you hold. It could be possible that before you start working, you are required to be registered with a statutory authority in your field, do not hesitate to mention your registration.
- This adds authenticity and authority to your profile.
Some companies may be under statutory restrictions and may be on the look out for candidates with specific affiliations and memberships or their equivalents]
Other Work/Volunteer Work Experience: In case you are or have been involved as a volunteer with an organization, feel free to provide the details. It is a possibility, that your work experience well describes your technical skills and your volunteer experience describes your managerial skills. Many companies have social responsibility programs these days. A company would like to have an employee who can think beyond himself and just remuneration.
- Use your volunteer work experience to highlight additional skills.
Use volunteer work experience to exhibit your versatility.]
Other Information: This is a very vast heading. Any awards won, out of country experiences, languages known are examples of some of such entries that can be also be added in a CV. Incase you are a bi-lingual or multi-lingual do mention the languages you know and your level of proficiency in them. Knowledge of different language and cultures makes you a likely choice for international assignments.
Incase the information is too varied, arrange it under different heads]
References: Companies generally ask for two references. References are to be people whom you have worked with. Provide complete contact information, work organization and designation of your references.
- It is foolishness to think that providing references is just a formality and companies do not actually go for reference checks.
- Always provide authentic references.
The best reference that you can supply is of your last reporting manager]
Sign Off: Last but not the least remember to sign off. Put your name, and signature on the CV.