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What is A CV?

What is CV

A CV, or curriculum vitae, is a document that lists a person's education, work experience, skills, and other relevant information. It is typically used when applying for jobs, internships, or graduate school programs. CVs are often longer and more detailed than resumes, and they are typically used in academic or research fields, although they can also be used in other fields as well. A CV should include information such as your name, contact information, education, work experience, research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, and any relevant skills or certifications. The format and content of a CV may vary depending on the field and the specific job or program you are applying for.


 

The origin of the CV can be traced back to the early 15th century. The word "curriculum vitae" is Latin for "course of life", and it was originally used to describe a document that listed a person's education, experience, and qualifications. The first known use of the term "curriculum vitae" in reference to a document listing a person's qualifications was in a letter written by a man named Leonardo da Vinci in 1482.


 

However, the document as we know it today, which includes a more comprehensive listing of an individual's qualifications and experiences, began to take shape in the early 20th century. During this time, many people were immigrating to other countries for work, and they needed a document that could showcase their qualifications to potential employers in the new country. The modern CV has evolved over time, but its basic purpose remains the same: to provide a comprehensive overview of an individual's qualifications and experiences, making it easier for potential employers to evaluate the candidate's suitability for a job.


 

Tips:


  1. Tailor your CV to the specific job or industry you are applying for. Use keywords and phrases that match the job description, and highlight relevant skills and experiences.

  2. Keep your CV clear and concise. Use bullet points, headings, and white space to make it easy to read.

  3. Emphasize your accomplishments, not just your responsibilities. Use action verbs and quantify your achievements, such as "increased sales by 20%".

  4. Include a personal statement or summary at the top of your CV that highlights your qualifications and how you can benefit the employer.

  5. Make sure your CV is error-free and well-formatted. Check for spelling and grammar errors, and use a consistent layout and font.

  6. Use industry-specific language and terms.

  7. Include any relevant certifications, awards, or publications.

  8. Customize your CV for the specific job application and company.

  9. Be honest and don't exaggerate your skills or experience.

  10. Proofread and get a second opinion before submitting your CV.

  11. Have a digital version of your CV ready, because many recruiters prefer to receive CV in digital format


Your CV is your first chance to make a good impression on a potential employer, so take the time to make sure it is well-written and presents you in the best possible light.


 

Do's and Dont's


Do's:


  1. Tailor your CV to the specific job or industry you are applying for.

  2. Keep your CV clear and concise.

  3. Emphasize your accomplishments, not just your responsibilities.

  4. Include a personal statement or summary at the top of your CV that highlights your qualifications and how you can benefit the employer.

  5. Use industry-specific language and terms.

  6. Include any relevant certifications, awards, or publications.

  7. Customize your CV for the specific job application and company.

  8. Be honest and don't exaggerate your skills or experience.

  9. Proofread and get a second opinion before submitting your CV.

  10. Have a digital version of your CV ready


Don'ts


  1. Don't use a generic CV for all job applications.

  2. Don't use overly complex language or jargon.

  3. Don't include irrelevant information or personal details.

  4. Don't use a fancy or hard-to-read font.

  5. Don't include errors in spelling, grammar, or formatting.

  6. Don't use overly long sentences or paragraphs.

  7. Don't use unprofessional email address or phone numbers.

  8. Don't include your salary or salary expectations on your CV.

  9. Don't make CV too long, keep it to a 2 page maximum

  10. Don't use a template or copy from other people's CV, make it unique


CV should be a clear and accurate representation of your qualifications and experiences. It should be tailored to the specific job or industry you are applying for, and should be free of errors and irrelevant information.


 

CV Format

The format of a CV can vary depending on the field and the position for which the person is applying. However, some common elements that are typically included in a CV are:


  1. Contact information: This includes the person's name, address, phone number, and email address.

  2. Personal statement or summary: This is a brief statement that summarizes the person's qualifications and goals.

  3. Education: This section lists the person's educational background, including degrees earned, institutions attended, and relevant coursework.

  4. Work experience: This section lists the person's employment history, including job titles, employers, dates of employment, and job responsibilities.

  5. Skills: This section lists the person's relevant skills and qualifications, such as language proficiency, computer skills, and certifications.

  6. Publications and presentations: This section lists any publications or presentations the person has made in their field.

  7. Professional memberships: This section lists any professional organizations the person belongs to.

  8. Awards and honors: This section lists any awards or honors the person has received.


CVs can be tailored to the position or industry for which the person is applying and some specific format may be needed for that.


 

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