What is a Résumé or CV?
There are many ideas about how to put a résumé or CV together, what to put in it and what works and what doesn’t. Listening to friends, colleagues and so called "specialists" can all be helpful, but in the final analysis it may leave you with a sense of confusion.
The aim of this guide is to give you a framework to assist you in developing a contemporary résumé that is commercially orientated.
What’s the Difference Between A Résumé & Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
A résumé is a summary of experience, whereas the CV loosely translated means "course of life" or "life history". Résumé is a more contemporary term in the marketplace, however in reality; the terms are often used interchangeably. Probably the key point here is that few people are looking for your life history; more simply a précis of experience and achievement.
So what is their purpose?
A résumé or CV is a document that summarises who you are, what you’ve done in your career and how well you’ve done.
- Part sales document
- Part Experience
- It should be achievement and skills oriented