CV-Related Glossary



CV-Related Glossary : Few terms related to resume writing and cover letter writing….



Agencies / recruitment consultants : Privately run businesses operating to recruit staff on behalf of other organizations



Blue chip company : A business which is listed on the stock exchange - It is a term used to express the credibility of an organisation



Career history : An overview of a person's career, which includes dates and the names of the organisations worked for



Chronological CV : A CV which lists in date order the organisations worked for



Covering letter : A letter which accompanies a CV or application form when contacting an employer



Functional CV : A CV which gives an overview of the type of work done and skills acquired, with less emphasis on when the jobs were done and for whom



Human resources : A term used in reference to the organisation and management of people within an organisation



IPD : The Institute of Personnel and Development which is an amalgamation of the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) and the Institute of Training and Development (ITD). Its members concentrate on the people management within an organization.



IR : Industrial relations - A term used to describe the working relations between management and the workforce, usually in connection with pay and working conditions



Job description: A list of broadly defined duties and responsibilities attached to a particular job



K : An initial representing a thousand pounds in monetary terms, eg £250k is £250,000



Learning and Skills Council (LSC) : Government-funded agency responsible for providing training opportunities



NVQ : National Vocational Qualification which can be gained through assessment 'on the job' as opposed to studying and sitting exams



On file :A term used by organisations who keep hold of your CV or application form for a given period, with the possibility of contacting you should a suitable vacancy arise



OTE : On-target earnings, ie the amount of salary which will be paid provided certain sales or other business targets are met



Profile : A summary of your main skills and attributes, which can be included at the beginning of a CV



Psychometric tests : Exercises and questionnaires designed to measure a range of skills, general intelligence, personality traits and motivational drives



Referees : Individuals who agree to provide information to a third party about a person's character. Work referees may also provide information about competence, absenteeism and punctuality.



Skills : The ability and talent to carry out a given task competently and effectively



Speculative approach : Contact initiated by an individual to an organisation on the chance that they may have a suitable vacancy



Targeted CV : A CV written with a specific job in mind and tailored to emphasise the most relevant points



Transferable skills : Abilities and talents which can be adapted or reshaped by an individual into different working situations and environments



Work experience : The time spent in a working environment acquiring skills and knowledge of working practices

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