Writing a good CV is nearly impossible without knowing the essence and purpose of this document, as well as its distinctive features. It may sound weird, but many people believe CV to be a paper containing information about one’s experience and education. However, such definition is very general because it sounds no different than the definition of autobiography, which is miles away from what a good CV is ought to be. Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a Latin phrase denoting the “course of life”. It is often used interchangeably with another similar term – resume. In most cases when job seekers say “resume” they basically mean “CV” and vice versa. And although there is a very slight difference between these two terms (CV is used more for scientific and academic job search; it also is longer and has a fixed structure), in this article we will provide great tips that could be used for writing a good resume as well as an outstanding CV.
How to write a CV (Resume)?
The very first thing people need to understand when writing a CV or resume is that there are no shortcuts. There are no secrets that would help you write a winning document within 30 minutes. Because we live in a world where everything happens with a crazy speed, many people try to keep up by taking shortcuts, believing it will help them achieve the desired outcome. However, there are many things that don’t work that way. In fact, it is quite the opposite for the most part: great things require a lot of time and effort. Writing a CV or resume is one of such things.
Structure is critically important in developing any kind of documents or even essays. The same applies to resume and CV writing. As job seekers hurry to quickly draft a synopsis of their life, they rarely focus on having the right structure of the writing. By structure we simply mean the organization of information in sections and placing these sections on a paper. What kind of information is usually listed on resumes or CVs? Does it have to be organized somehow? Are there any specific sections headers that should help the reader better understand how to navigate through the content? If people would have asked these questions prior to writing a CV, they would have developed winning documents. Here are the most important sections: name, contact details, accomplishments, work experience, education, training, technical proficiency, and skills. There are other sections, such as volunteering, memberships, etc. that are less important but could also be included into a CV. Now when you have the main sections, you can easily organize the information by placing it under different headers.
The structure serves a CV as a writing guide and ensures you organize the information in a logical and coherent manner. But writing a good CV is more than just having the structure right. We believe there is another important aspect that most people tend to ignore when working on a resume. After analyzing thousands of CVs and resumes, we have noticed that most of them have this one simple thing in common – they are all about routine responsibilities. Work experience is good, it is rightfully one of the biggest sections on a CV or resume. But the problem is that job seekers for the most part concentrate on things they did rather than what they achieved. The truth of the matter is that authorities that are meant to review and evaluate your CV are much more impressed with specific (quantifiable) accomplishments rather than responsibilities. Therefore, if you could shift the focus to the results (not the duties), we believe your CV would be way more effective.
Writing a CV is often challenging because there are many aspects one needs to take care of at the same time. That is how CV writing companies began to exist, offering comprehensive assistance to job seekers and those who need professional writing help. Obviously, they all have their pros and cons, but it all boils down to experienced people working for you to develop a winning CV or resume. Most of them have additional services, such as list of employment agencies, interview tips, etc. CV writing companies usually don’t guarantee any results (simply because there are many factors in making hiring decisions they can’t have impact on), so it is up to people whether to work on a CV on their own or use outside help.