What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
A Curriculum Vitae, or CV for short, is a professional document that summarizes your work history, education, and skills. The main purpose of a CV is to sell you, as a candidate, to prospective employers.
When applying for a position, you’re always going to be asked for a CV, coupled with a cover letter.
What’s the Difference Between a CV and a Resume?
If you ask a Motswana, the answer is that the two (for most people) are the same thing.
The term “resume” is more popular in the US, while “CV” is a lot more commonplace in Botswana.
In the US, however, a CV sometimes refers to an academic CV – pretty much the same thing as a resume, but a lot more comprehensive.
While a resume is short (one, two pages max) and comprehensive (only the relevant experience), an academic CV can be as many pages as you need, covering everything you’ve ever done in your career.
How to Write a CV?
There’s a lot that goes into writing a good curriculum vitae, but here’s a quick summary:
- Pick a Curriculum Vitae format that works for you. Applying for a creative position? Pick a creative CV format. Looking to work in a bank? Go for a professional CV format.
- Follow our CV outline and fill in your work history, education, skills, and so on.
- Make a payment for the CV Build, after payment confirmation, one of the experts in CV Writing from the Di Spane team will contact you.
- Receive your CV inside your eMail or WhatsApp and start applying for jobs!
What to Include in a CV?
The most common sections that go on a CV are the following:
- Contact Information – Your contact info. This includes email, name, professional title, and social profiles.
- CV Summary (or CV Objective) – You can look at the resume summary as an introduction to your resume. It’s a small paragraph (2-4 sentences) that goes on top of your CV and gives a snapshot of your work history. Usually, it includes job titles, years of experience, and one or two top achievements. A CVV objective, on the other hand, is suited for candidates with limited work experience, as it focuses more on intent to work at the company and skill-set.
- Work Experience – Your work history in reverse-chronological order. Think, starting from the latest, and ending with the earliest.
- Skills – A shortlist of your top competencies. This includes both soft skills and hard skills.
If you want to add some personality to your CV, or if you’re a recent graduate with not a lot of work experience, you can also include some of the optional sections – hobbies & interests, volunteering experience, and personal projects.
How Long Should a CV Be?
The answer to this, of course, depends on what kind of Curriculum Vitae you’re talking about. If by CV you mean the same thing as a resume, it should be 1 page, 2 pages max.
If, on the other hand, you want to create an academic CV, then it can be as many pages as you need it to be!
What’s the Best CV Format?
Spoiler: there’s no such thing as the “best cv format.” There’s no “best CV” either.
Everything related to CVs is highly subjective. One recruiter might LOVE your creative resume template, another might think it’s super tacky.
So, how do you pick the best CV format for the job YOU’RE applying for? Our rule of thumbs is:
- Are you applying for a company that values innovation and creativity? Pick a creative curriculum vitae format.
- Applying for a more conservative company? E.g. bank, law firm, etc. Pick a more professional CV format.
- Does the company you’re applying for fall somewhere between the two types we mentioned? Then pick a modern or simple CV template.
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