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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Anxiety Free Job Search

Looking for a job can be such a grueling task especially when the funds are starting to show deliquesce, bills are about to pile in and your belly is beginning to protrude. Mounting a job search for a new position or what you think seems to be rightfully aligned to your skills or your degree takes perseverance, patience, diligence and a weight of willingness to stretch out of our comfort zone. Everyone wants their career to sky-rocket and achieve a transition of change but searching is no joke – although some enjoy the acceptance for interviews, collecting job offers and praying over which of the choices should you give your career a chance to grow into.

Even job searching requires time and effort hence in a non-billable wording, it is billable to your efforts.

Here are few tips to keep yourself FOCUSED and ALIGNED to your goals:

Be Optimistic. Stay Positive

Clouds of failure will redirect to negative attractions and bad news. When you attend interviews it depletes your self-esteem and what you’re confident of. Apply to classified ads and as you hit the send button know that you’ll nail it and that eventually one of those applications you’ve sent will be yours. Repeat after me “Success is Mine

Plan your Day. Stay Organized

Just like at work or when working on a project, make this job search your personal project. Give yourself a timeline on the hours you put effort on job search, self-actualization, personal development and other things including the time you spend on facebook and snooze. Make a spreadsheet which includes the date and time you sent in your applications and when you’ll follow-up on your applications; keep your efforts at par – never waste time.

Connect. Network. Socialize

You meet people every day, get to know them – what they do, where they work and how do they do things. Every day is an opportunity to open gates to beginnings. Tell your friends your situation, seek for their help – especially those who work for the company you’re aiming for or industry you’d want to be part of. Keeping yourself well connected helps you speed up your job search and adds more credibility by referrals. Get to know people. Attend conferences or events that are aligned to your interest – you wouldn’t know what’s going to happen next, maybe you don’t need a job search anymore and all they need are consultants which cater and tailors to your craft and skills.

Be Informed. Stay Informed

You meet different people every day, you get to bump into different stores and stumble across a lot of random articles on the internet and even news from Twitter. Keep yourself abreast with a whole wide range of topics and try to grasp as much knowledge and practice in basic working skills especially Microsoft Office and Adobe photoshop. Hop into different dailies sites locally and international – its a world filled with information, cite your opinions and gain perspective towards others opinions.

Use the power of the Internet

With the wide range of opportunties online, it’s impossible for one not to score a gig. If you’re a creative individual who’s craft falls in writing and services, here are few options:

If you’re a photographer, you may make use of that passion and contribute for stock photos.

If you’re into teaching and speak good english, there are few where you may guide koreans and japanese to learn the language.

Take Care of yourself. Stay Well.

When you take good care of yourself, it shows and you glow.

Simple equation: When you feel good, everything else falls into the optimistic side of things. When you’re in a job search, it doesn’t mean you’ll go out on a binge spree or drinking session every single night – remember your timetable? make every day as normal as it is as if you’re on a job. Rest, eat right and exercise. “No matter if you are working or not searching for a new position takes a lot of mental and physical stamina. Pay attention to your health. It is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Keeping yourself focused and wise, taking good care of yourself and keeping that optimism would certainly make your job search bearable than stressful.  Don’t box yourself to anxiety, you’ll have this job search fly by in a breeze and you’ll have that job you’ve always wanted. Good Luck!