Curriculum Vitae: an outline of a person 's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications (L, lit.: the course of one 's life)
In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions CV is the most flexible and convenient way to make applications. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. A CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers. It can be used to make multiple applications to employers in a specific career area. For this reason, many large graduate recruiters will not accept CVs and instead use their own application form
What makes a good CV?
There is no single "correct" way to write and present a CV but the following general rules apply: * It is targeted on the specific job or career area for which you are applying and brings out the relevant skills you have to offer * It is carefully and clearly laid out: logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped * It is informative but concise * It is accurate in content, spelling and grammar. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, make sure your spelling and grammar is perfect! If your CV is written backwards on pink polkadot paper and it gets you regular interviews, it 's a good CV! The bottom line is that if it 's producing results don 't change it too much but if it 's not, keep changing it until it does.
If it 's not working, ask people to look at it and suggest changes. Having said this, if you use the example CVs in these pages as a starting point, you are unlikely to go far wrong.
How long should a CV be?
There are no absolute rules but, in general, a new graduate 's CV should cover no more than two sides of A4 paper.
If you can summarise your career history comfortably on a single side, this
References: ideally two or more and including a recent employer