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CV versus Resume – describing the differences (UK tekst)

What’s the difference between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) – CV versus Resume?

This depends on where you are living and what you do for a living. There are as many explanations as there are different ways to use a CV versus Resume. There are although some simple rules in the discussion about a Resume versus a CV. Below we will try to enlighten you and give you an insight in the biggest differences.

Differences from Geographical point of view

If you are living in Europe including the United Kingdom, you will be able to use the terms CV and Resume rather interchangeably. There is little difference between them for people living in EU/UK. Although CV is more used than Resume here. If you live in the United States, the differences between a Resume and a CV can be big; you could say that a CV in a way is a special type of Resume.

In North America, most professionals in the business world would always have a Resume, being a two pager, consisting of the most important information about you and your expertise.

If you are working in more specialized areas like highly academic jobs within for instance research, medicine or similar, you would probably know a CV as a presentation of everything that you have done in your career including, all work experience, all educations, diplomas, honours, project you worked on and concepts created in your work. A CV will be a substantial longer document with all this information.

Differences in the Length of a CV / Resume

There are off course more specific differences then how many pages a CV/Resume would consist off. Depending on if you have for instance listings of scholarly accomplishments, publications (academic or business), articles this would be considered a CV. On the other hand more business achievements, skill, and credentials would be part of a Resume.

A basic guideline for a North American Resume would be a 1-2 page document consisting of the most important information, trying to sell you to potential employer. A North American CV, as used mostly for academic positions, will contain a substantial amount of information about everything that you have done, and all educations you have, and typically consist of several pages. Instead of a Resume which is the major accomplishments you have done the CV will have all the relevant and mandatory achievements and credentials.

In EU/UK, CVs can be very short or extremely long, depending on what you want to achieve and what you want to share. It is mostly depending on what position you are applying for.

It is rather confusing what to do

It can be confusing what to do, but instead of just trying to do the right thing, consider sending an email to the employer and simply ask for what level of details they are asking for and offer them further details on request. The only thing that can happen is that they will remember your name and this might give you an opportunity to be seen as professional because you asked what they were looking for – an interview opportunity might not be as far away as it was if you had not asked or if you had made the wrong assumptions and had send your CV/Resume in the wrong format / level of detail.

You should also be aware of the fact that the cover letter or the application will be seen as you trying to get the employer to read your CV/Resume to see if your competences are the right ones for the position.

Reference guide to the major differences between a CV and a Resume

North America

CV or Curriculum Vitae

  • Typically 6-15 pages (can be even bigger)
  • Usually used within academic or science
  • Complete listing of all achievement and experience
  • All elements are thoroughly described
  • Must be read thoroughly and not easy to get a simple overview

Resume

  • Typically 1-2 pages (max. 3 pages)
  • Usually used within business (administration)
  • Summary of accomplishments, credentials and achievements
  • Highlighting the important elements
  • Easy to get an overview

Europe

CV or Curriculum Vitae

  • Can range from a simple 1-2 pages to as long as necessary
  • Can be used in any area of business
  • Depending on what job you are applying for it can be detailed or simple

Resume

  • Not used in Europe

Main objective

The main objective of a CV or Resume is to give the employer all necessary information for him to create an overview of the person applying for a job so that he can decide whom to choose for an interview.

If ever in doubt, call the potential employer and ask them what they need then you already have a “toe” in the door.

Let Comoto help you do it the easy way

Remember that when using Comoto, you can always put all information about yourself and you work life in there and then just pick the most important for the position at hand. Easy and convenient create a specific CV / Resume for you. Have multiple CV / Resume ready for you to use in different application. You can even have them in different languages and different specifications. When using our CV Templates you can export to these and then make minor adjustments afterwards, taking the hassle out of making CV / Resumes.


Different writing styles of Curriculum Vitae writing (UK tekst)

Different writing styles of Curriculum Vitae writing

It can be difficult to search around in the enormous amount of ideas, opinions and guides that is available today. Here you can find descriptions on the different writing styles of CVs that is recommended. There is not one optimal or correct version – the right style depends upon a lot of different factors and to find out what will work best for you, will be something you discover when you have tried different versions.

The final result should hopefully be that you gain full control of your CV and get the job of your dreams.

There are three styles you could choose from:

Functional Curriculum Vitae

This CV style is based mostly on your skills; it concentrates on the acquired skills you have gathered in the past, but also how you have used these skills in your previous positions. This style would be the best style to use if you have gaps in your employment history and/or want the recruiter to focus on your expertise/skills rather than discovering your visible gaps in your employment history. Not that you should withhold any important information, but you don’t need to make it obvious for the recruiter to see these negative facts in your CV.

You could say for whatever reason – if your skills / expertise are more important for a recruiter / headhunter than your qualifications or employment history, then a functional CV is the obvious choice.

Performance Curriculum Vitae

The performance Curriculum Vitae style mostly focuses on past performance. This is often the case if you’re a major achiever or very often seen in “sales” or “economic” related positions. With this type of CV you will focus the attention of the recruiter on your performance/achievement during each chronological job listed in your employment history. For example if you have been on the same step on the ladder for some years and achieved a lot at your work, but now you want to take the next step in your career. You can – by using this type of Performance CV – , show that you are a high performer and have achieved goals; that you have done this for some years and now you’re ready to take the next step. If the recruiter / headhunter recognize this, he knows you’re committed and will do the little extra “something” to achieve your next goals.

Targeted Curriculum Vitae

A targeted type of Curriculum Vitae would focus on the requirement of the vacant position and exclude most other unnecessary information that could distract the recruiter / headhunter from judging you to be the perfect match for the vacant position. Sometimes this could be the case if you’re from a completely different sector or your employment history is too diversified to be a perfect match. The skills and expertise you have acquired during your professional working experience has helped your professional capacity, but it is not directly applicable to the vacant position unless you illustrate why. That’s why in this case the best idea would be to have a CV targeted for that specific job.

Which CV type is the best?

Standards, guides or rules are almost not best used as they are, and this is especially the case with regards to your CV or Resume. The best thing that you can do is to take these good ideas and put them together to become what will be called a “Combination Curriculum Vitae”. This style of a CV is the most used format. You basically use a little of all the above styles when you are trying to make that perfect CV. It is rare that a clean type would be used, as the job vacancies are fairly complex and your employment history would need to be targeted every time to answer the requirements of the recruiter / headhunter.

CVCV Tips – CV Layout and Design of CV is important (UK tekst)

CV Layout and Design of CV is important

Maintain different version of you CV, a short one as an appetizer, a general one to include most of your skills and experience and a long one which includes everything you have made.

These different versions should look alike so that you can start out with the short version and send a more detailed version if you are asked to do so. It is also useful to have online versions of your CV. Using Comoto you have that automatically, you can even put a password on them so that only people you want to see them will be able to see them.

There is not only on advice here when talking about layout and design. For instance, within the financial sector a layout with funny graphical details in it will be a show stopper in many cases, they would in many cases see that as unprofessional. On the other hand if you are working within Marketing/Branding a basic textual CV would be seen and boring. So it is important for you to make the design layout reflect you as a person and the area you are working in.

With Comoto you can do this automatically, you have all you detailed information in the database and you can have different layout for different positions or companies. Just by the press of a button you have a new design.

The Comoto team

Comotos mål er at blive “det centrale sted” hvor du kan oprette, klone, kopi, administrere, sikkerhedskopiere og eksportere dit CV og dine følgebreve til ansøgningen hurtigt og nemt. Hvis du vil oprette dit første Comoto CV, anvend den gratis tilmelding, tilføj dine data (eller brug en af de mange lette import funktioner), vælg blandt vores særligt designede skabeloner, få en preview af dit CV og eksporterer til sidst den valgte skabelon i dit foretrukne format (.DOC –.PDF –.PNG) eller skab en Web-profil (offentlig tilgængelig / privat med password). Hermed har du fuld kontrol over dine CVer. Der er desuden en række andre unikke funktioner på Comoto – så som mulighed for flere CV’er – kun få klik, og du har oprettet et målrettet CV for et bestemt job.

Comoto CV Manager er på engelsk; men skabeloner og dermed dine CVer (samt filer) er på dansk (eller de ønskede sprog- Du kan nemlig anvende flere sprog samtidigt).

CV Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action and CV Power Words (UK tekst)

CV Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action and CV Power Words

cv power wordCurriculum Vitae Action Words:

Action words are used to put extra power in your CV. These words are words that put that special something into your CV, and can make it stand out from the crowd.

It is important that you show yourself as being determined and in control by using these action words in your wordings and phrases. They work well when you describe what you have achieved in your Career

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Addressed
  • Administered
  • Advised
  • Analysed
  • Approved
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Attained
  • Audited
  • Bought
  • Budgeted
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Captured
  • Centralised
  • Changed
  • Checked
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Conducted
  • Consolidated
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Corrected
  • Corresponded
  • Counselled
  • Created
  • Cut
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Distributed
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Eliminated
  • Employed
  • Encouraged
  • Engineered
  • Ensured
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Expanded
  • Exposed
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Identified
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Increased
  • Informed
  • Initiated
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instigated
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Investigated
  • Judged
  • Launched
  • Lead
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Liaised
  • Located
  • Machined
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Modernized
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Organised
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Programmed
  • Promoted
  • Provided
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Recommended
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Redesigned
  • Reduced
  • Reorganised
  • Replaced
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Scheduled
  • Selected
  • Served
  • Sold
  • Solved
  • Specified
  • Standardised
  • Started
  • Stimulated
  • Strengthened
  • Structured
  • Studied
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Translated
  • Uncovered
  • Upgraded
  • Used
  • Utilised
  • Verified
  • Widened
  • Won
  • Wrote

The Comoto Team

 

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

CV Checklist – better safe than sorry (UK tekst)

CV checklist

This is a CV checklist to be sure that the right information is in your CV. Certain types of information must be included to give you the best possible chance, getting through to the important interview. A lot of recruiters / head-hunters are increasingly using online CV databases to search for potential candidates; including the right type of information will guide them to your profile. Below you can see a checklist you can use to be sure that you are in the game to get the job of your dreams.

Personal data

This is the standard data about you as a person; name, address, phone numbers, email address and soon. You might also wish to include details about your nationality, age and driving licence, it all depends what country you live in, for instance in the UK it is not advised to write ones age, due to age discrimination.

Education

Include information about your education, this includes your education but also if you have had some courses or seminars of an educational nature. Specific skills IT knowledge, languages skills and try to state which level it is on (basic, intermediate or advanced level). You should also include keywords used in the job ad for the position your interested in because recruiters will use keywords these to filter CV when searching in databases.

Work experience

You should list your work experience in reverse chronological order with the most recent most recent experience first. Use keywords to describe your experience, do it in a positive languages, using the right keywords for that sector and finally highlight your key achievements.

Skills

A section on your major skills can be used in some areas, these skills are skills acquired through you work experience and will typically be skills where you have achieved good results ore skills that you want to use in the future. The idea here is to show what you have learned in your work. Education is one thing, but the skills acquired when working is also extremely important.

References

It should not be necessary to have all the details on your referees in your CV, but you should state the basic information and that details are available on request. If you already have asked a former colleague if he would like to be a referee for you, then you can disclose his details, but if not always remember to get the permission to use them prior to handling over the contact information.

Hobbies

You should persuade the recruiter / head-hunter with your skills, experience and education. But sometimes it can be a good thing to show the recruiter / head-hunter that there are other things in life than work. Being a “whole” person resting in yourself can be achieved by disclosing your Hobbies or other interests. It gives a more complete rounded picture of a candidate.

This is just meant to be a mere idea of a checklist, sometimes regional practises or special rules in a special sector can apply, in that case use your common sense and use this list as a guideline and use your own checklist as well.


Resume Vocabulary (UK tekst)

Resume Vocabulary:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A summary of your work experience and education, used for job applications

Resume

American English term for a Resume (typical a two-pager – often smaller than a CV)

Cover Letter

The letter you send with your CV, with the reasons for you to apply for the vacant position with this particular company

Reference

A formal letter from an employer, describing your character, ability and experience

Referee

The named person who provide a reference for you

Background

The whole of one’s education, training and experience

Bi-lingual

Able to use two languages with equal ease

Mother tongue

The language first learned by a person; native language

Native speaker

A person having a specified native language: a native speaker of English

Career

An occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework

Work Experience

Knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone in the work life

Date of birth

The day on which one was born, usually as day/month/year

Education

Training and instruction at school, university etc.

Interest

An activity outside work in which one is interested or concerned; hobby

Job objective

The kind of work or challenge that one is looking for

Miscellaneous

Various; mixed [e.g.: nationality, languages spoken, marital status]

Native language

The language one first learned to speak; mother tongue

Qualifications

The education and experience that make one suitable for a particular job

Skill

Ability, expertness or aptitude in a particular activity [e.g.: language skill]

Training

The process of learning a particular SKILL [e.g.: sales training]

Position

A post of employment: a position in a bank

Vacancy

An unoccupied position or office: a vacancy in the company

Candidate

A person who seeks a job at a company: a candidate for the sales vacancy

Job interview

An interview to determine whether an applicant/candidate is suitable for a position of employment

Applicant

A person who seeks a job at a company: an applicant for the vacant position

Certificate

A document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something

Diploma

A document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study

Curriculum Vitae

Is a latin expression which can be loosely translated as “course of life”
Background Check Is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records (in certain instances such as employment screening) of a candidate before employing him/her

Comotos mål er at blive “det centrale sted” hvor du kan oprette, klone, kopi, administrere, sikkerhedskopiere og eksportere dit CV og dine følgebreve til ansøgningen hurtigt og nemt. Hvis du vil oprette dit første Comoto CV, anvend den gratis tilmelding, tilføj dine data (eller brug en af de mange lette import funktioner), vælg blandt vores særligt designede skabeloner, få en preview af dit CV og eksporterer til sidst den valgte skabelon i dit foretrukne format (.DOC –.PDF –.PNG) eller skab en Web-profil (offentlig tilgængelig / privat med password). Hermed har du fuld kontrol over dine CVer. Der er desuden en række andre unikke funktioner på Comoto – så som mulighed for flere CV’er – kun få klik, og du har oprettet et målrettet CV for et bestemt job.

Comoto CV Manager er på engelsk; men skabeloner og dermed dine CVer (samt filer) er på dansk (eller de ønskede sprog- Du kan nemlig anvende flere sprog samtidigt).

Can your CV stand the LinkedIn Buzzword test (UK tekst)

Overused buzzword – can your CV stand the LinkedIn buzzword test

Buzzwords has been around for ages, remember the buzzword bingo game, LinkedIn has examined 85 million profiles for the most clichéd and overused phrases and has come up with the “2010 LinkedIn Top 10 overused buzzwords” in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA.

1.  Extensive experience
2.  Innovative
3.  Motivated
4.  Results-oriented
5.  Dynamic
6.  Proven track record
7.  Team player
8.  Fast-paced
9.  Problem solver
10. Entrepreneurial

Can your CV stand the test of these overused words ?

Or if you don’t live in the USA:

* Dynamic – Brazil, India, Spain
* Motivated – UK
* Innovative – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands

Remember that Comoto can help you create a fast CV from your LinkedIn profile – and help you maintaining multiple CV’s. With our unique inheritance feature in Comoto you only need to change the wordings in one place if you have the same wording/phrases in multiple CV’s.

This makes it easier for you to avoid being ruled out in the “buzzword bingo game” by using a full CV and not just your profile in a relationship database.

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