Building your C.V

Part 2 of The Organized Professional series…

What is a C.V?

A CV (Curriculum Vitæ, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc. – Jörgen Sundberg Founder of Undercover Recruiter, CEO of Link Humans and the host of the weekly Employer Branding Podcast.

Why should you keep one?

From my perspective, a CV is a crucial part of remaining organized on your career journey. It is a way to keep a dedicated and accurate record of all of your achievements so that as you need them, you already have them listed with detail readily.

Many jobs in the U.S do not require a CV, just a resume, but having one prepared is always beneficial in case it is needed. Positions that relate to academia, education, science, or research will likely request a CV.

What are the essential parts?

  • Personal details that relate to career development and contact information. Marital Status, Age, Number of children, etc
  • Your educational background in reverse order
  • Your work experience and employment history
  • Your skills
  • Any Awards relevant to your career development
  • Your projects and academic writings
  • Professional Licenses and Certifications
  • Memberships
  • Relevant  hobbies or interest
  • Relevant study abroad experience

It is also important to know that they are no more than 2-3 pages in length.

Different countries have different needs for their CVs.

Start with a summary or a professional profile.

Edit your CV to focus on the areas of expertise and skill needed.

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