Useful hints about CV
Curriculum Vitae formally known as CV, is a Latin word which means “courses of my life”. CV is a written document which contains job seekers’ history in detail and is used along with resume. It is a document that normally consist of two A4 pages (In the European countries), and generally used to encounter potential employers.
In some countries, the length may vary up to eight A4 pages as they usually represent elaborated form of resume. Though, several countries follow different CV formats, European Association developed a standard format known as Europass, which is officially followed by most of the job seekers while writing CV.
It had got tremendous response and more than 25 million people participated in that as European countries promoted it a lot. It also helped a lot of skilled migrants, who want to migrate from one country to another.
People often get confused between resume and CV; the emphasis will be more on educational qualifications in the resume whereas the curriculum vitae mainly deal with one’s personal qualifications. It doesn’t mean that CV is not related to Educational qualifications and vice versa. Based on the country one lives in, the usage of CV and Resume differs.
In the European Countries, CV is compulsory for any job whereas, in the Asian countries a resume is much needed one. In American Countries CV is used as a support document to resume and in Australia both CV and resume are interchangeable.
One more type of letter which often confuses job seekers just like CV is Cover letter. Cover letter mainly focuses on one’s skills that are particularly related to the job that he/she will be going to apply for. It is generally written in the format: heading, intro, body and conclusion.
The Cover Letter is usually one page long. The cover letter may vary from job to job but the CV remains constant over a period of time and it does not change based on the job you are applying for. All the three types of letters i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae are used for applying to Educational Institutions, Employment Organizations, and And Public services etc. Based on the requirement of an organization, one should select any one from the above three. Some companies insist on CV along with Resume whereas, some don’t bother about CV. So you should also know the company/organization’s application format before writing Resume, Cover Letter or CV.
Resume, Cover Letter or CV play a crucial role in screening the applicants by employers/organizations/Educational Institutions etc. So, one must keep their focus fully on them while writing them and represent qualifications (facts only) related to job/education in well- structured manner.
The above three types of documents must be error free and these are the ones that impress the employer before he actually meets and interviews you. Generally these three act as promoters of you before the employer (the more you promote about yourself relating to a particular job, the more you will get succeeded in getting it).