What is a CV?
Curriculum vitæ (CV), is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as the course of one’s life. A CV or Resume provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. A CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, if effective, the submission of such a CV is often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.
A CV is usually a maximum of 2 pages of an A4 paper. It contains only a summary of a job seeker’s employment history, qualifications and some personal information. Usually, it is often updated or tweaked to align and target the emphasis of the information according to the particular position for which the job seeker is applying.
Preparing and sending a CV is the most convenient way to apply for jobs. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. All job seekers should always see their CV as a marketing document with which they are marketing something: themselves! Usually a Cover Letter accompanies a CV to the desk or desktop of a potential employer.
With the help of a CV, you can showcase and “sell” your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to any employer. It can be used to make multiple applications to employers in a specific career area. Sometimes, many large graduate recruiters will not accept individual CVs and instead ask job seekers to use their own company’s application form.
Start from here
As it is important that you have a CV if you are a job seeker, we are giving you an opportunity to put your own CV together. However, if you already have a CV, you may want to update it or prepare a core CV that you can tweak for any available position. Here is a list of several examples of CV templates in Microsoft Word Format available for download:
Example CV 1 Clean and Simple
Example CV 2 Example CV with a border around the page (I am not a fan of boarders around CV)
Example CV 3 Education, Reference and experience section only
Example CV 4 Page Border
Example CV 5 Professional, Functional CV Sample
Example CV 6 Functional CV focus on qualifications and skills
Example CV 7 CV template with detailed sections
Example CV 8 CV with example info. and instructions
Example CV 9 CV template with suggestions and tips embedded
Example CV 10 CV template with shading in headings
Example CV 11 CV Example with detailed instructions and tips embedded
Example CV 12 Nice page border
Example CV 13 Professional Academic CV
Example CV 14 Clean shaded titles with emphasis on skills CV
Example CV 15 Small font CV
Example CV 16 Professional CV
Example CV 17 Right Aligned CV
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These example CVs are to be used as a base from which to start and prepare your own CV.
You are encouraged to read the following materials (and more) from Catherine’s Career Corner:
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