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How to Craft a Winning Résumé or CV
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
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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