How to Prepare an EXCELLENT CV or RESUME

Updated: Jul 13

Are you a fresh graduate ready to hit the job market to show your know-how in your field of studies? Are you considering getting a better job than the one you're currently doing, hoping for better working conditions as well as a higher paycheck? Are you advancing in your academic ladder and want to secure yourself scholarships and grants, or maybe you are considering applying to lecture at a university? Are you tired of your Resume or CV getting rejected by prospective employers?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you've got to know how to write the “perfect” Resume/CV that will land you exactly what you're looking for and more. Yes, we are here to show you HOW. So buckle up for it will be a long ride.

Let's start by looking at what these two documents are.

A resume is a document that presents a concise picture of one's skills and qualifications for a specific job opening.

You’ve probably heard of the term Curriculum Vitae (CV) more than once. In some cases, it’s used as a synonym for resume. In others, it seems like it’s something entirely different.

The term CV is an abbreviation of the Latin word Curriculum Vitae, which is translated to mean “the course of your life”.

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A CV is an in-depth document that describes your career journey step-by-step, including personal information. You can look at the CV as a comprehensive description of everything you have ever done, all the achievements you are proud of, and all the publications that bear your name.

At this point, you can see that these two documents are thoroughly different. However, many people use them(verbally) interchangeably. We'll see more about their differences as we proceed.

Let's take a more profound look into what a resume looks like, shall we?

What are the different Resume formats? Yes, a resume has different formats too, which include:

1. Reverse Chronological Resume

This resume format is suitable for people who have much work experience related to the position they are interested in

2. Functional/Skill-based Resume

This is used mostly by people who do not have relevant work experience, probably because they are still in school or making a career change.

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3. Combination Resume