Turning Your Resume Into A CV
When applying for jobs abroad, check with the employer if they prefer you submit your CV (curriculum vitae) or your resume. In the event that they wish to see your CV, here are some tips to convert your North American-style resume to the internationally accepted CV format.
1.) The main difference between a resume and a CV is that a resume focuses on what your skills are, whereas CVs focus on who you are. Your header should include information that you would normally leave out of your resume: your date of birth, your nationality, and your marital status. Note that headers also usually contain a photograph of the candidate.
2.) Your CV should have a written summary of your skills and experience to serve as an introductory section to employers. The resume’s “Professional Experiences” should be split into three separate parts: career summary, achievements, and career overview.
3.) Whereas resumes stress conciseness and brevity, a CV should explain in depth employment details, specific projects and a clear job description. Your CV should give the potential employer a much deeper sense of your work experience.
4.) If they have any relevance to the position you seek, it is important to include a section on any special skills, interests and hobbies. Whereas resumes might have a single line (if at all) dedicated to these, a CV typically has a section complete with relevant details.
5.) Adjust your resume format accordingly. In some countries, the curriculum vitae typically follows a chronological order listing the earliest experiences first, as opposed to North American-style resumes in reverse chronological order with most recent experiences on top.
6.) Keep in mind that your CV should give an accurate description of who you are and not just your skills. Consider including the following items: published articles you wrote, speeches you gave, special recognition for your work performance, honours and awards and their significance, professional organizations you belong to, and the complete contact information of several references.
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