Understand what a CV or Resume is for from a recruiter's and a job-seeker's perspective Tell when you will need to use a CV or a Resume and know the differences between them Improve the odds of CV or Resume success through presenting the document in a manner that will more likely to get the recruiter's attention and consideration Know more about the strengths and weaknesses of different Resume formats Select an appropriate Resume format for your unique employment situation Be familiar with the sections that constitute an effective CV or Resume Construct or improve on your own CV or Resume based on the information and guidelines learned Understand current trends in CV / Resume presentation
Convention demands that all job-seekers should have a CV or a Resume! Purpose -- Similarity : Both CV and Résumé give a summary of your credentials and other relevant information about your skills, achievements and professional history that will allow your prospective employer to have a glimpse as to whether you are suitable for a post and to make the informed decision as to whether to call you up for an interview. Both are standard format required for job applications although some companies prefer one format over the other. -- Differences : For the purpose of job applications, the Résumé format is usually preferred in America (and American companies) and the CV format, the rest of the world. CVs are used in applications for positions in the academia or for applying to institutes of higher learning. Document Features -- Similarities : Both are organized into distinct understandable sections which provides information about you. -- Differences : CVs are more detailed and complete and in reverse chronological order. Résumés are shorter, more focused and targeted to the post applied for - irrelevant information is excluded. CVs are about 2 to 3 pages long - Résumés do not usually exceed 2 pages, 1 page is ideal. CVs are more formal than resumes (which tends to have promotional vocabulary). Résumés can come in different formats of presentation because it is a less formal than a CV. It takes time and a good deal of understanding of the similarities and differences, and practice to be able to come up with a quality piece of CV or Résumé . Getting down to producing a &quot;perfect&quot; CV and Résumé is quite a daunting task for many people. Some people would procrastinate or avoid this task altogether, especially if it has to be in written English (a language which may not be familiar to all). But not having a proper CV and Résumé will cost job seekers dearly.
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This format highlights specific skills, responsibilities, & accomplishments - also shifting emphasis of the Résumé away from recent appointment . Keeps skills and work history separate.
Use this format if: you
are changing careers / fields
have interruptions in work history, demoted
returning to the workforce after a hiatus
you are a consultant, selling a service to customers
Strengths: showcases your strengths & transferable skills from many sources - even unpaid work / can highlight experiences that have no direct relationship with recent jobs / flexible to prioritize sub-headings to tailor the Résumé to your needs, future oriented
Weaknesses: not preferred by some traditional employers who may expect to see traditional lists of responsibilities & accomplishments linked to specific positions / should not be used if applying for position in same field as current position - do not emphasize career path
This format emphasizes a consistent work history & diverse skill sets . Demonstrates how skills contributed to accomplishments.
Use this format if : you
want to apply for a broader range of jobs
Strengths : showcases steady work history & diverse skill sets / allows broader range of professional objectives / ideal for consultants as it specifies how their skills influence the company's success
Weakness : skills and accomplishments may need to be adjusted when one is applying for positions in multiple industries / conservative employer may still desire chronological Résumé
Combination Format - Contact Information - Headline - Summary of Qualifications - Career Highlights (list out skill sets) - Professional Experience - Education & Professional Development, Training and Certifications ++ Awards and Recognition ++ Professional Affiliations ++ Publications, Presentations, Patents ++ Endorsements ++ Other Skills
10-second rule: Your Résumé only has 10 seconds to impress or be rejected. "Summary of Qualifications" maximizes the success of your Résumé within this tight time-frame - summarizing your professional worth.
- highlight your best selling points (don't be modest!)
- include 5 - 8 components
- years of experience / areas of expertise
- awards or recognition
- industry specific certification or professional training