A curriculum vitæ, (CV), also spelled curriculum vitae, provides an overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment. Etymology and spellings
Curriculum vitae, is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as course of my life. In current usage, curriculum is less marked as a foreign loanword. The plural of curriculum vitae, in Latin, is formed following Latin rules of grammar as curricula vitæ (meaning "courses of life") — not curriculum vita (which is grammatically incorrect) and not curricula vitarum. The form vitae is the singular genitive of vita and is translated as "of life". Nevertheless, in English, the plural of the full expression curriculum vitæ, is seldom used; the plural of curriculum on its own is usually written as "curricula", rather than the traditional curriculums. Use
In the United Kingdom, a CV is short (usually a maximum of 2 sides of A4 paper), and therefore contains only a summary of the job seeker's employment history, qualifications and some personal information. It is often updated to change the emphasis of the information according to the particular position for which the job seeker is applying. Many CVs contain keywords that potential employers might pick up on and display the content in the most flattering manner, brushing over information like poor grades. A CV can also be extended to include an extra page for the job-seeker's publications if these are important for the job. In the United States and Canada, a CV is used in academic circles and medical careers as a "replacement" for a résumé and is far more comprehensive; the term résumé is used for most recruitment campaigns. A CV elaborates on education to a greater degree than a résumé and is expected to include a comprehensive...
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