Today post is about resume and curriculum vitae (CV). Resume is different from CV, is usually a shorter version of your experience and is often use for non-academic jobs.
1-The most important rule of a resume is that it should be one page (if you use one page front and back make sure important information like your experience is not in the back page)
2- You should list your skills in a short and resumed way (make sure to list the skills that you have that are also in the job post)
3- Resume should be align with the work that you are looking for (If you will ask for a job in a more creative setting your resume should also be creative, highlighting skills that you have. If you are not applying for jobs in this area the simple the better)
4- There is a specific paper for resume if you have the chance use it and not use the regular printing paper
5-If you are looking to make resume for the first time Microsoft Word have template for it and you can also google for sample or look the ones that I post here and use it as a guide.
6-The misconception of resume is that you make it and gave it to the person you are applying for job and that’s it …WRONG. The resume should be read first by 5 to 10 people to make sure you don’t have grammar mistake, it flows adequately and more important if the reader with 30 second or less take the message that you want to convey.
7-If you are in a university take advantage of sessions that they have to check grammar mistakes in the library and also of the career services (They will work hand by hand with you to achieve a good resume).
8- If you are going to use a resume with photo make sure you look professional on it.
9- That resume should be clean never hand a resume that have even a small spot of dirt, wet or go at the legally blond style with perfume resume, yes that give a touch but you don’t know if the person is allergic to perfume.
10- Your resume should be easy to read with high contrast between the letters and background.
11- Make sure you know the people that you list as reference don’t list people that you don’t tell in advance that you are applying or doesn’t know you that well.
Things that should include:
It is usually listed at the following order: name and contact information, objectives, work experience (the most recent first),eduacation, skills. (If you can include reference the better, that will save time to the employer and he/she doesn’t need to call you to provide the 2 or 3 name that will be required to verify your identity)
Good resume Not that good resume
Have all the information that it is Include all the information that it is required. required. Never include your hobbies. Unless they are super align with the job.
If you want to do a more creative resume, I thing this is a great example it use some creativity with color but still look sharp. You don’t take the reader more than 30 second to look the most important experience.
1-Usually takes more than a page but when you are starting your education maybe you still are in high school or freshman in college it will not be that big but don’t get discourage it will grow as you advance in your career.
2-Since this is more academic documentation it should be clean no bold colors better if is black on white
3-It include more information: you can put your publications, special interest, certifications that you took, if you form part in the past of a particular committee, professional organizations that you are member etc.
4 -(points 6,7 and 9 apply here too) CV should be read at least by 5 to 10 people to make sure you don’t have grammar mistake, it flows adequately and more important if the reader with 30 second or less take the message that you want to convey.
5-If you are in a university take advantage of sessions that they have to check grammar mistakes and also of the career services.
6- That CV should be clean never hand one that have even a small spot of dirt and never hand a scented CV.
7- Since this is for a more academic job, you can find the CV of your professor often online and you can use it as a guide to create yours.
8-You have to update regularly as you do more stuff that pertain to your field (Remember is almost your life in a paper that is why is called curriculum of life)
9-The flow of the CV is different from the resume. Yes, important things usually come first but for CV the most important things are your education, experience and publications.
10- Never add unnecessary space to make your CV look larger, it will with time so don’t worry. You can add your relevant coursework if you don’t have enough experience.
11- Never add your address on them unless is the address of your job same as phone and personal email. You should add your school or work email instead of you personal email. You can add your cellphone if you wish but never your home phone.
Don’t google for sample of them because I already did and they often just present resume. I advise to look at the page of your professor and downloaded from there and if they don’t have that option just ask for it. I am sure your professor will not say no.
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