How to Craft a Winning Résumé or CV

3 important points to remember:

First, remember that Résumés and CVs are different. The differences between the two include structure, content, length, and style. The most common mistake that science-trained individuals make in their job search is submitting a résumé that looks too much like a CV.

Second, the purpose of a résumé or CV is to get you an interview. Getting the job comes later, after going through interviews and sometimes follow-up interviews. Your goal when submitting your résumé or CV should be to get your foot in the door, that’s all!

Third, a principal difference between a CV and a résumé is that CVs focus on where you’ve been, whereas résumés must also convey where you are going. A résumé cannot simply be a list of your past experiences. It must be a selection of those experiences and skills that are best suited to the job to which you are applying.

Basic Parts of a Résumé
There are some sections of your résumé that may appear identical to your CV. Other sections will be much different.

Name and Address
Statement of Professional Objective
Summary Statement
Experience/Work Experience

Other sections: a list of particular skills like Computer skills and foreign-language skills

What not to include: personal information such as hobbies and the like. Also verboten are the following: date of birth, your marital status, the number of children you have, and salary requirements.

References: References, if requested, should be listed on a separate page with their full name, job title, place of employment, relationship to you, full address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

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