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How To Write A CV

  • By Joe Maldonado
  • Published 02/17/2011
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Writing a CV is not as hard as you might think, it may take a bit of organization but no more so than writing a resume. Below we will discuss the things you will need to include in a CV. Getting a good grasp of the basics will also improve your skills at writing résumé’s. A Resume can be describe in some ways as a condensed version of the Curriculum Vitae 1. Personal Information Name, address, name of colleges and universities attended along with their address, phone number, email address. If you have a smoking web page include it in this too. 2. Educational information This is not a repeat of the above mentioned information list each school by name then, begins with the description of your time spent there. Start with the most recent education first. Write about the subjects taken in each year of attendance. If you did special projects, wrote a great thesis or a dissertation let the employer know that as well. Now list the high school information and if you took special classes like say office machines or college prep they should be included, do not forget to mention grades or grade point average. The senior year should get the most attention. 3. Work History Start with your most recent and work you r away to the first one. Include any part-time and volunteer work. Include the name of the employer, your title, and very important, describe your duties and any achievements you earned. 4. Interests

Any activities you participated in that gave you leadership experience will be especial

ly helpful. Team activities will show you are a team player. Exact dates for starting on the teams are not important; your participation is what they are interested in. 5. Skills This is a very important section. If you speak other languages this is a plus on most jobs. All of your computer experience and experience with other office machinery will be listed here. All licenses that you have that are current and valid should go in this section too. 6. References When using a person for a reference it is a good idea to let them know first. You should use someone from a school you attended and a business reference. Give their full names, titles, day and evening phone numbers. 7. Length Keep it to two pages at its maximum. There are really two main types of CV’s the optional extra and the chronological. The above description is of a chronological CV the presentation differs slightly. In the chronological you consider all of the skills that have a direct bearing on the position you are applying for and then just list those details this is a “Targeting CV”. This is harder than the other one but it can be the one you need if you are in the United Kingdom. The optional extra starts with a two to three sentence statement, an overview of what is going to be included in detail later on. It is a teaser and should make the reader want to know the rest.

The style may vary depending on the employment opportunity. Different cultures, countries and employers like them done differently. A large corporation will expect a formal CV on good white stationary. If you were applying for a job in the creative fields you may use a more colorful format.



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