There are many different reasons why you need a CV. The most obvious is when you go for a job interview but there are many other instances you may need a CV so you need to tailor it to the circumstance.
- Resumes for employment
- Education institutes
- Applying for grants or funding
- Work visas in foreign countries,
- Advertising your services and products online
CVs come in many shapes and sizes. They are all quite individual and even when clear guidelines are given, they are rarely suited to everybody and the guidelines all change according to the country you are submitting your CV.
Having a look at Wikipedia’s entry on CVs and you will see that the definitions and requirements of CVs vary enormously around the world.
In Latin Curriculum Vitae is loosely translated into: “Courses of life”. The sum of who you are as a professional person on a professional level. It is a good idea to keep a Cv short and concentrate only on those things which are really relevant to the position on offer. A standard CV would include:
- Your name, your contact details and links to your professional social media presence if you have a good one.
- Your career history, starting with your most recent job first.
- Achievements outside your career if they aid in promoting yourself and your qualities, and they are tailored towards the job you are applying for.
- Your education qualifications
- Other information that might be pertinent to the role you are applying for.
Your CV needs to look good as well as having accurate details. After all, you wouldn’t rock up to a job interview in thongs and track suit pants. Likewise, you want your CV to look professional and well presented. And, yes, do try and consider ways you might communicate your skills in a unique manner.
The most obvious choice is to enhance your professional social media presence either by keeping an up-to-date profile on LinkedIn or author several blog posts in your professional niche. We are finding many people wanting to create a simple website so they can stand out from the crowd.
You are more likely to attract the attention of a potential employer if you present a unique and professionally designed CV which demonstrates your suitability for the job in a well considered manner.