Due to common mistakes people make in writing their Curriculum Vitae and resume, the reruitmentsnotice team decided to write this post which will help our audience understand the whole concept behind Curriculum Vitae and a resume.
Curriculum Vitae is a Latin name which means “Course of life” and is also known as CV, it is a document that contains a comprehensive information of an individual, such as the person’s names, date of birth, nationality, academic background, educational qualifications, professional qualifications, work experiences/previous occupations, awards and achievements, hobbies and referees.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CURRICULUM VITAE AND RESUME
- CV as we said earlier contains comprehensive details of the individual, which may take four or more pages while a Resume contains a concise detail of the individual which may take one or two pages
- Apart from the bio data of the individual, Curriculum Vitae contains honours, awards and the person’s achievement in detail while Resume contains only the person’s bio data and the educational background and can be submitted for any available job.
- CV shows the persons education, skills and areas of expertise while a Resume shows the person’s skills
- A CV is long and thorough while a Resume is short and sweet.
Note: byou should know Curriculum Vitae has different examples, formats and also templates available online which can actually guide you when writing one.
USES OF CURRICULUM VITAE
Curriculum Vitae can be used for various purposes
- It can be used by an individual to describe themselves in scholarly terms
- It can be used by individuals who wants to apply for scholarships or to get grants from the government
- This document is mostly used by candidates who are in search of job opportunities.
A curriculum vitae as stated earlier should always include your names, address, telephone number, email address and maybe a passport (optional). After which a brief description of yourself, relating to the position you are applying for and the company to get the employer’s attention for an interview.
Thereafter, state your educational background in chronological order stating the institution and the year of entry and graduation, educational qualification, your work experience, professional qualification, degrees obtained, or maybe any training that you may have undergone.
Areas of interest are also important in a CV, it gives a preview to the employer to know your personality. Be careful of the kind of hobbies you state on your CV which may not be related to the job you may be applying for. Your hobbies should be reasonable in relation to the job you are applying for.
Skills are necessary in your CV, it gives the employer to know how independent you are, and also how intuitive and knowledgeable you can be. It could be in writing books, graphic designer, computer literate, etc
Have you been appreciated for your work or you won an award or made an achievement that was recognized? Or you are an author of a book or a writer, a public speaker? It should be stated here, it gives the employer an impression on how persons see and relates with you; it also shows your previous engagements and where it was done.
If you have held any position or a member of any organization or an office? it is also necessary that it is stated here and the duration of time you spent with them.
Do you have anyone who can vouch for you apart from any member of your family? If yes include their names, occupation and phone numbers. In some cases references may not be necessary, except if requested by the company recruiting.
Cleopatra Onyemaobichukwu N.