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A curriculum vitae is longer than the average 1-2 page resume because it provides a greater range of information which can include:

 

Professional, Vocational or Research Objective

 Summary of Qualifications

 

 Professional Licenses or Certifications

 Education including Post Graduate, Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Studies

 

Listing of Relevant Course work to Match Career or Academic Objective

 

 Educational or Professional Honors or Awards

 Scientific or Academic Research, Laboratory Experience and Related Skills

 Description of Thesis or Dissertation, Papers Written, Publications

 Academic or Professional Presentations

 

 Related Extracurricular Activities, Professional and Association Memberships

 

 Community Involvement

 

 Work Experience - Paid or Volunteer

 Technical and Specialized Skills such as Computer Progamming

 

 Interests - Future Academic or Professional Goals

 Travel / Exposure to Cultural Experiences

 

 Foreign Language Skills

 

 Additional Information that May Support Objective or Qualifications

 

Writing a resume that will make you stand out from the crowd and convince potential employers that you are someone they should interview at all costs is no easy task.

Hundreds of applications may be received for one job advertisement and the employer will in all likelihood spend little more than a few hours sifting through the mountain of resumes they receive. This means that your resume may well have less than a minute in which to grab the reader's attention and convince them to put you on the short list.Your resume must be concisely worded and achievement oriented, with the most important information, such as key skills and most recent/most senior level experience, near the beginning, where it will draw the employer in and persuade them to read on. The reader must be able to find easily the information they require in order to assess the relevance of your application. If the data they need is not immediately obvious, they will in all likelihood simply move on to the next resume.

The most effective way of laying out your resume is to summarize, in a profile section at the top, your key skills, talents and experience, followed by a further summary highlighting your major career achievements. After that, outline your employment history in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can then summarize your educational background and any relevant training programs completed, before providing details of other relevant skills, such as IT skills or foreign language ability, together with a few personal details.

Everyone's background is different so there's no single formula on how to make a resume that fits all cases. So use these tips to guide your thought process but trust your own common sense on how to handle specific issues when you make your own resume. Keep in mind that you only have 30 seconds to make a good impression with your resume so don't miss your opportunity.

 

The general rule for page length is 1-page for typical entry level college students and 2 pages for everyone else.

 

Don't include a picture of yourself unless you're in an industry that requires a photograph (e.g., TV, theatre, film).

 

Don't include personal information (marital status, children, date of birth, ethnicity) on a US style resume.

 

Make sure to put your name on the first line at the top of your resume in a large font with your contact information immediately below it.

 

Use a summary section "intro" on your resume to give the reader a brief picture of your background. Make this section very short and strong.

 

Include a bulleted list in the experience section of your resume to showcase your accomplishments. Make these statements short and strong.

 

Use a font size between 10 and 12 for the body text of your resume. Make sure to choose a font that's compatible with applicant tracking systems that many employers use.

 

If you have negative information in your background, try to avoid including it on your resume if you can.

 

Watch the tone of your resume. Make sure you don't write in an arrogant  manner. You're going to have a tough time selling yourself to a prospective employer if he/she feels you're talking down to them.

 

Make sure your resume is accurate and be honest with what you say.

 

Don't include salary information or your references on your resume document.

 

Once you've finalized your resume, make sure you make all the file conversions you will need in your job search.

 

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