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Is there a difference between CV and Resume?

The primary difference between a CV (curriculum vitae) and a resume is their respective length, content and purpose. A resume is a short and concise summary of all your achievements, skills and education and seldom exceeds two pages. A CV on the other hand is a more detailed version of your education, background and experience. It offers a more detailed view of your professional life and usually exceeds two pages in length.

In the United States, a CV is used primarily when applying for academic, educational, scientific or research positions and is applicable when applying for fellowships or grants. However, when conducting a job search in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, you will be expected to submit a CV rather than a resume.

What is the purpose of a resume?

  • To provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments.
  • To get a job interview.
  • To structure the interview process.
  • To remind the interviewer of you after the interview.
  • To serve as the basis for justifying the hiring decision to others.

What should I include in the “contact information” section?

You should include your name, mailing address, contact numbers and email address. You want to have many alternate options for an employer to contact you.

Should I include links to my website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles?

Although it is important to have an online presence these days be careful about the kind of information that you post online. Do not put links to any social networking profiles or sites on your resume because they may not reflect the image you would like to portray to a potential employer.

Is there a difference between CV and Resume?

Summary of Qualifications is more effective format because you can create bullet points to highlight your achievements and qualifications for the specific job you are applying for. It is a great way to tell what YOU can do for the employer!

Are there any unbreakable rules of resume writing?

  • No typos, misspellings or incorrect grammar.
  • Do not lie or overstate your achievements.

Do I need more than one version of my resume?

Yes, you frequently have to have different versions of your resume, each customized to the specific position you are applying for. You may also need a skills-based functional resume, a chronological resume or perhaps a combination of both. On top of that, you need a printed resume for mailing and an electronic version that is optimized for any Applicant Tracking System.

How do you handle self-employment on a resume?

Include the date for the period you were self employed and your title. An example is 1990 – 1995 Owner/Operator, Your Company Name.

What is Resume Scanning?

Resume scanning is a process where employers convert hardcopy resumes into electronic resumes to save time and process them for keywords. The resume is first input into the company’s computer database using a scanner. Then, the online version of the resume is read by the company’s Applicant Tracking Systems, which analyzes keywords and selects the resumes that best match the criteria of the employer. The employer then scans those resumes chosen by the system.

How do I distribute my resume online?

Once you have an online version of your resume, you can use our Resume Distribution Service to send it to top recruiters. We can offer a resume editing service in addition to a resume distribution. Contact us to choose an option that suites your needs!

How can I write a winning resume?

Resume writing is considered to be both an art form and a mix of technical writing that is very different from other forms of written communication. Resumes are structured a certain way with specific sections, headings and it takes a lot of experience to get it looking perfect. Here are a few quick tips on writing effective resumes:

  • Make sure that your resume is keyword optimized for the position that you are applying for.
  • Ensure that your resume includes expected sections.
  • View sample resumes. Follow a specific format.
  • Customize your resume to the job you are applying for and always us real-life examples to emphasize your knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Highlight all your strengths.
  • To get an edge, include awards, certificates or publications that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • Keep information clear, concise and logical.
  • Use the active voice all throughout the resume.
  • Use bulleted lists as much as possible but do not go overboard.
  • Leave sufficient white space between sections.
  • Be aware of all basic formatting guidelines – the font-size should be no smaller than 10 point and resumes should be no longer than two pages.
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation and style.
  • Proofread your résumé several times.
  • Ask a friend to edit your resume for you and proofread again.

Do I need to include references on my resume?

No! Indicate that references are available on request. Include a separate sheet of paper with your references and their contact information and provide it when asked.

Should I list all the jobs I have held over the past 15 years of employment?

Include positions that will sell you for the position that you are now applying for. If the absence of positions creates a gap on your resume, the cover letter is the best place to explain them.

Why do I need a professionally written resume when I am an excellent writer?

Writing a resume is very different from other forms of writing. If you want to secure a good job, which are usually very competitive, you need to convince someone that they need you. When a recruiter or an employer is comparing you to other competing job candidates, your resume has to stand apart from the rest, so it has to be well-polished and be able to catch anyone’s attention. A professionally written resume will capture the attention of any person!

How can I place an order with Resume Editing Service?

Contact us and let us know which of our services you are interested in and one of our expert consultants will get back to you within 24 hours.

How do I pay?

We offer a wide range of payment options and accept all major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard. We conduct transfers through PayPal or wire transfer. You can also pay with your credit card by phone. If you have any additional queries about payment options please speak to one of our customer service representatives.

Is your system for payment secure?

All of our payment methods are very secure. We are powered by Verisign which is currently the most accepted standard for online payment transfers.

How will I receive my resume once it is completed?

Your resume can be delivered to you via email or you may download it to your computer from your account on our website. Also, you can specify which format you want. We can deliver it to you in MSWord format, PDF or ASCII.

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