What is a Curriculum Vitae?
If you are looking for a job, you probably will need a CV to let the employers to check your background. The Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé is a document that compiles the work experience, education and other qualities and qualifications of candidates. The résumé tends to be shorter than the CV, it’s a summary of skills, studies and tasks performed.
When we started looking for a job, we should take time to write the best possible way our CV or résumé highlighting aspects of our experience and knowledge we are most interested to present, either by the type of job we seek or because they are just our strength.
Before starting to write our curriculum we have to keep in mind that there are different formats depending on your needs:
Reverse Chronological CV
Lists work experiences of the candidates in reverse chronological order. Positions are listed with start and end dates.
This format serves to build credibility through experience and is useful for those who have some gaps in their careers (years of inactivity). The main body of the document becomes the Professional Experience section, starting from the most recent and going back chronologically, while illustrating career growth over time and filling the gaps.
A functional résumé lists work experience and skills sorted by skill area or job function.
The functional resume is used to focus on skills that are specific to the type of position you seek. The format works well for those making a career change, having a varied work experience or with little history. A functional resume is perfect for job applications that require very specific skills or personality traits clearly defined.
The hybrid résumé balances the functional and chronological approaches. A résumé organized in this way typically leads with a functional list of job skills, followed by a chronological list of employers.
There are other more creative models to introducing ourselves using multimedia technology, either through video, info graphics, web sites. These formats are ideal for people who work in creative or artistic environments. In my opinion, we need a digital CV and printouts.
Next post we will talk about cover letters and tips to write a great CV!