Write your CV to Greatness

It is frustrating for an employer to receive queries through social media on how a CV should look like, let alone, asking the possible employer on what the body of the email should be and be asking outright about the compensation prior to sending your CV for their reference.

Few questions were:

“How much will the compensation be before I send you my CV?”

“What should I write in the body of the email in order for my email be recognized?”

” May I work part-time, say, 2 hours?”

In this age where technology and Education plays a huge part, it’s ironic how lazy people have become.  To give tribute to those who are in need of guidance, I have come up with this post to help you ace the first step to presenting yourself.

WHAT IS A CV?

When applying for certain positions in the corporate world or whichever industry you’d want to pursue, whether locally or internationally, you may be required to submit a curriculum vitae rather than a resume. To differentiate, a curriculum vitae, or CV, includes more information than your typical resume which only has your educational background.

Your cv must have information such as:

  • Education and academic achievements
  • research or proof of concepts
  • publications recognitions
  • awards
  • affiliations
  • sample works etc.

Typically, a cv is two or more pages long. It includes an in-depth detailed synopsis than a resume with a clear, concise, complete and up-to-date with current employment and educational information. This is your pitch.

Aside from the above-mentioned, a cv also presents an up-close and personal account of your career achievements and ventures.

  • Personal details and contact information.
  • Education and qualifications. Be precise and certain on the names of the institutions you’ve been with, dates attended in reverse order and specifics.(Ph.D., Masters, Undergraduate.)
  • Work experience/employment history.  This should be in chronological order.  Your career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent.
  • Skills.  Are you computer literate? What applications or software are you an expert on or is comfortable utilizing? Any foreign language skills? and any other recent training that is relevant to the role applied for.

As DATA PRIVACY is highly practiced globally. It is your right NOT TO INCLUDE  the following which doesn’t concern in accomplishing tasks:

  • Salary history
  • Reasons why you left your previous position/company
  • References in your CV are optional
  • Height and Weight (Not unless this is an aeronautics industry post)

How Long Should a CV Be?

Ideally, your CV shouldn’t be more than two or three pages. Ensure that you have a clear and precise data on your resume and only include what is relevant. Structure your CV according to what position you’re applying for. You may use bullet points rather than full sentences to help minimise word usage and convenience on analyzing your presentation.

What Is the Difference Between a Resume and a CV?

It’s not much of a difference however between a resume and a curriculum vitae, the differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae are the length, inclusion, and what each is used for.  Be mindful that these two are not always interchangeable. They both are used in job applications however they’re meant for specific applications.

CV‘s are typically longer than a resume.  It provides a summary of one’s experience and skills. It is a condensed version which highlights concisely to convey one’s skills and qualifications – achievements, awards, merits etc. Often times, the front page after the cover page already speaks directly to what you’re applying for knowing that there is always a pool of applicants being sent every day.

Resume on the other hand, provided a summary of your education, work history, credentials and other accomplishments and skills with optional sections which have Objective and Career summary statement.

Typically, compared to a two to three pages like a CV; resumes are only one page long. It’s chronological, functional and fits the type of job you are applying for.

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