Writing A CV
Curriculum Vitae is usually just referred to as a CV and means "The story of my life". Your future or potential employer will read your CV before they decide to interview you, so it must represent you in a clear and compelling way. What is often not appreciated, is that your CV should change for every job application you make. Each job has unique qualities, some very subtle, but an employer may want to see that you appreciate these subtleties and thus you are right for them. Adapting the CV to clearly highlight relevant information required for the specific position is very important.
You will rarely if ever be the only person applying for the vacancy. You will probably be one of many hundreds. With online applications, the numbers become overwhelming for the employer, with many being ridiculous. Human nature dictates that the employer will scan your CV, so you need to make clear the important points for that specific job and why you are suitable. The short listing of the applications may not be created by your future employer but someone who may not know much about the vacancy, and has been given a list of keywords to look for! Thus, you need those keywords to be loud and clear on your CV. Reading through CVs can become very boring, so keep things short and precise.
A good sequence for your CV is as follows:
1) Personal Information
Here are some tips to improve your CV:
1) Adapt your CV for the Job you are applying for.
Remember to include a covering letter with the CV with a few bullet points showing why you are suitable. Don't repeat your CV but highlight keywords from the job ad that you saw. At a glance the person reviewing the CVs will notice that you have the relevant skills and will hopefully give you an interview.
Here's an example of a CV which shows both honesty and humour! It is from The Financial Post in Canada (Toronto) and appeared on 23 February 2001.
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