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What is a Resume?

Cv, Curriculum Vitae, Interview



The purpose of a résumé is to get an interview.  Your résumé is where employers will gather a

first impression of you, your skills, your experience and your education. It needs to be clear,

concise and captivating.  

All résumé types are widely used. Choose the best type to highlight your skills and qualifications.  

Types of Résumés:

  • Reverse chronological: Most popular; emphasizes experience and employment history. Highlights information from most recent and relevant to oldest and least relevant.   
  • Functional:  100% skill based; emphasized specific skills and accomplishments.  Listing the skills by groups. Useful for those with gaps in work history, those who are seeking to change careers and those with a wide variety of skills.   
  • Combination: Combines the two; emphasizing skills and accomplishments, while also listing work history 
  • Cirriculum Vitae: a brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application, mostly used in the education industry
  • Federal: Federal jobs often require that you have experience in a particular type of work for a certain period of time. You must show how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications and requirements listed in the job announcement to be considered for the job. The following link from USA Jobs gives a detailed description about "What should be included on a Federal Resume?"  

The Difference Between a Résumé and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

  • Résumés are typical for all types of employment.  A résumé is a concise document with no more than 1 or 2 pages outlining your education, and the skills and accomplishments that are specific to your career of choice.       
  • CV is a longer more detailed version of a résumé that is typically used in educational employment, government employment, military employment or for those that have obtained a PhD or EdD. A CV consists of more than 2 pages and details all accomplishments, publications and skills. 
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