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04/14/11
Resumes and CVs
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:13 am

Over and over, people early in their career can not fathom
the key differences and similarities of these two public
relations documents.

In fact, we may offer some help in that a curriculum vitae
CV can represent a “master resume”  or starting point
Nonetheless, CVs can also be organized to be more
easily readable and targeted for specific academic positions. 
Think of the long term value of continuously maintaining
a CV.  From the master CV/resume you can select items
to go into targeted CVs (reorganized to match needs) or
targeted resumes (shorter to show match to needs).  This
highlights the need to develop specific resumes for each
position and a different one for job fairs.

Both named documents, CVs and resumes, serve you when
they are well organized and  easy to read.  A simple analogy
was offered by B. Sucher as opening your refrigerator or
kitchen food cabinets. 
Does it look like a random placement wherever there was
room at the time? 
Does it look distinct with easy to locate items, unique,
keyword accented, and professional ?
If it is like the former it will not be read.

If you go to generic placement centers in institutions, many
will offer what business centered documents are preferred,
rather than scientific and technical organizations seek.  That
is one of the clear values of working with industry professionals
associated with professional societies.  My experience with
outplacement firms and unemployment centers, bless their
hearts, models and examples are similar.  Do your best to
meet with people in the industry or company you seek to
work in–  honestly it will serve you well.

None of the places one goes for advice will support
incomplete or factually distorted documents either. 
B. Safani wrote about well known misrepresentations
in resumes
that stand as eye-openers.  In fact, one person
early in my course this year asked me what I felt about
lying in resumes, as everyone does it– to which I said
now you have met someone who has not, nor does not
recommend misrepresenting anything on a CV or resume.
It did reveal to me a little about her expectations.

Resume reviewers pick up distortions in resumes
and can easily verify things that do not make sense.
In one resume, a person wanted to pass off that he
had business training in MBA courses that he did not
take, but audited.  In another, a person wanted to
reveal “leading a collaborative project,” which seems
like an oxymoron. 

Finally, I agree with the observation made by D. Dib
that resumes are finding serious competition from
Internet based profiles, like LinkedIn.com.  I also note
a significant comment by L. Kursmark that Heading
information in on line resumes or profiles are becoming
shorter due to internet security issues.  1 

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