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Crafting a Job-Winning Curriculum Vitae

Crafting a Job-Winning Curriculum Vitae

(July 31, 2013)

Often times the term Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) is interchanged or even confused with the word Resumé.  Resumés are usually shorter and reflect a summary of your skills, educational qualification and work experiences (2 pages or less).  C.V.s tend to be broader and a bit more descriptive reflecting one’s academic achievements, research publications, honours etc (usually 2 pages or more).

Though the terminologies and length may differ, both serve the same purpose in basic terms.  This purpose is to give an employer a brief synopsis of an applicant’s potential, enough to secure an interview session and be considered for an available post. 

 

C.V.s (or Resumés) can be formatted in one of two styles:

1.    Chronological

2.    Functional

 

Chronological C.V.s are generally formatted with events listed based on recency.  Information regarding employment experience, education, awards and recognition etc are listed in chronological sequence (dated most recent to least recent). 

 

Functional C.V.s on the other hand are generally skills-based and are structured to emphasize one’s competences and capabilities.

 

 

7 CATEGORIES YOUR  C.V. SHOULD INCLUDE:

1.     Personal details: including name, address and email contact

2.     Career history: most recent job, then next recent and so on.  Include temporary or voluntary jobs if necessary.

3.     Personal profile: this advertises your qualities and should include skills and competencies.

4.    Achievements and recognitions

5.     Educational qualification: certification(s) or any acquired training.

6.     Interests: more desired if they are relevant to the required job functions

7.     References: Ideally two or more.  It is recommended to have your recent employer as referee.

 

 

ADDITIONAL TIPS WHEN COSTRUCTING YOUR C.V.

Recruiters generally have hundreds of C.V’s to assess for a position and they tend to scan the first half of a C.V. to detect if it is of worth to be selected for consideration and further analysis.  Bearing this in mind:

o    Avoid overloading your C.V. with unnecessary information. 

o    It is best advised that your C.V. be designed to fit the desired position and that it supports the requisite functions of the job.

o    Avoid using explicit, inappropriate or complicated email addresses.

o    Poor spelling heightens the possibility of rejection.

o    Your C.V. should be neat and error-free.  Proof-read your C.V. at least three times to ensure it is properly constructed and free from grammatical errors.

o    Use only references that can be contacted easily.

o    Keep margins consistent (preferably 1 inch all round)

Always remember that a C.V. is much more than a document that lands you a job and that it is a door-opening or door-closing tool.  As such, ensure that the construction of your C.V. stresses achievements and strengths and makes a good impression in a clear and positive way.

 

 

 

References:

“How to write a Successful C.V. before Applying for a Job” - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15573447

 

“Curriculum Vitae Vs Resume” by Alison Doyle,  - http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/curriculumvitae/f/cvC.V.htm

 

 

“Should You Use a Chronological or Functional C.V?” By Roberta Chinsky Matuson, - http://career-advice.monster.com/C.Vs-cover-letters/C.V-writing-tips/chronological-C.V-or-functional-C.V/article.aspx

 

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