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Curriculum Vitae - Information about Yourself


The process of seeking employment begins with writing down information about yourself - information you believe will be important for the position that you are applying for and which will impress the prospective employer. There are two formats that you can use --- the curriculum vitae (CV) format or the resume format. These differ slightly. A curriculum vita is a detailed account of your personal and professional activities and your achievements whereas resumes are restricted to professional and work-related information. Another term that is used is bio-data. This details the biographical data of an individual. These are often incorrectly substituted for the other and improperly called.


I prefer the CV as the means of informing prospective employers about myself. The reason being that apart from my professional life there are other aspects in my personal life, including achievements that could place me a notch above the others aspiring for the position.


General


While writing a CV you must remember that you are a talented person - a special human being. You are probably the best person for the job and you should write the CV in such a way that it convinces the reader that you are the right person. Therefore it is important that each CV is written with a specific position in mind. It must not be mass-produced and sent out to all and sundry in the nope- that one of them will hit pay dirt (be successful). Prospective employers will know when this is done. Gita Piramal, Managing Editor of Smart Manager writes…. "Once I got a CV at the end of which was written, 'and I've always wanted to work for Whirlpool'! This person did not even get the name of the company right! It must have been a generic that he was sending to all companies, but it smacked of a lack of attention to detail. A bio-data that reflects a candidate's lack of knowledge about the company he is applying to heads my list of bad CVs."


CV s must be presented neatly and professionally; it would then.be evident to the reader that you are serious, keen and professional. First impressions count. An untidily written and badly presented resume is rarely read. It is usually consigned to the dustbin at the first opportunity. If you think the job is worth it and is one that you would take if offered then there is no reason why you should not take pains to present a really good CV. If you are not interested, the question that begs to be answered is…. why are you applying? I am on the recruitment panel of several banks and corporates. I also help certain banks and companies located abroad in sourcing good people. These are very attractive positions and when an advertisement is placed, it is not unusual to receive a huge number of applications. It is often a deluge and it is not humanly impossible to go through every one of them. Therefore the weeding out process begins while opening the envelopes. Those that are badly presented, on scraps of paper or are cyclostyled / photocopied-clearly one of many CVs that have been sent out and usually not even read - are thrown out. There is the possibility that one of these may be heaven's answer to the position to be filled, but that is a risk all those involved in screening applications are prepared to take.




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