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A curriculum vitae is a marketing document that gives a summary of your career history, academic qualifications and also explains your future potential.

It's no doubt that the phrase  ‘curriculum vitae’ is gotten from Latin meaning ‘the story of your life’. It is also occasionally known as a resume, although this term is more commonly used in America.

A completed CV aims to impress Employers/recruiters and is sent as a speculative approach to prospective companies.

CVs are valuable and important because they are your first and maybe only direct communication with a potential employer. Presentation is key. For this reason alone it should be carefully thought out, designed and written so that it makes an immediate positive impact on key decision makers.

When a reader looks at your resume/CV they should be able to quickly gain a clear indication of your experiences and potential. Bear in mind that the person reading it will never have met you, so keep it grammatically error free and focused, as it will be seen as a reflection of you as a person.

To summarize your CV is essentially a marketing tool that gives you a opportunity to sell yourself and your abilities to employers. It should have:

  • A positive outlook.
  • Clearly show those strengths and experiences that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Demonstrate your potential as a future potential employee.

What should your CV include?
Your resume will be made up of a number of sections, these may vary depending on the length and breadth of a candidates career. The essential and fundamental parts that every CV should include are:

  • Personal summary / Career objective
  • Career history
  • Academic qualifications
  • References
  • Areas of expertise

With some people there is a misconception that a CV alone will get you a job, this is a misunderstanding of it’s role. No hiring manager will offer a prospective candidate a position just by looking at their resume. Companies only use them to decide whom to interview. A CV is there to win you an interview and it should be written with only that objective in mind.

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