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A Perfect CV: Do I Really Need It?

A Perfect CV: Do I Really Need It?

The media states that a well-built CV is a must have if you look for a job. However, for some people, it is not even clear what a CV is and why writing it is so important. CV is an abbreviation from Latin curriculum vitae which means an overview of one’s life. Its goal is to present a person’s life experience, achievements, and qualification for the headhunter when applying for a job or a certain educational program.

A CV is significant because it might become a chance to grab recruiters’ attention and get a job. Despite its sophisticated name, this document is not that scary as it seems when you know how to write it.

CV Structure

Although a CV is an overview of the life, it does not have to contain the entire story. Only key details important for your career should be mentioned. One or two pages are enough to cover the most significant moments. Typically, a CV includes the following information:

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Contact Details

In this section, it is recommended to indicate your name, address, phone number, and email. If your social media profiles look professional and have relevant content, you may also add links to them.

Objective or Personal Statement

This paragraph should contain a few sentences about your goals and work expectations. It needs to be short, specific and evoking the interest.

Education

It is necessary to write a list of certifications, qualifications, degrees, and additional courses. Make sure to start from the recent ones and continue chronologically.

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Work Experience

This section should include the list of your jobs. Do not forget to mention the position you had, the dates, the company and your main responsibilities.

Skills and Interests

After writing about your professional skills (communication, teamwork, flexibility etc.), it is essential to include extracurricular activities to make your CV more personal and attractive. It may be the knowledge of foreign languages, sports or charity. Keep in mind, that being interesting is not enough. Once you land an interview, make sure to ask your potential recruiter the right questions.

References

It is good to support all the written information with solid recommendations from a supervisor or your former boss. Remember to let these people know that they might be contacted in order to avoid awkward situations.

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Local Peculiarities

The basic structure of a CV is the same for all the countries. However, there are some differences in details that might be crucial. Each country has its own requirements and it is better to pay attention to them if you do not want your CV to be written in vain.

Europe

In Europe, there is a standard template that needs to be completed. It is common for all the European Union countries and it definitely makes the process easier as cultural differences will not be an issue. You may use the same CV no matter where you apply in Italy, Spain or Belgium. The only peculiarity is putting a photo on your CV – that may occur in France or Germany but never happens in the UK.

Australia, USA, and Asia

If you look for a job in the USA, Australia or Asia the requirements might be slightly different. The personal information like gender, age, nationality is appropriate in Asian CVs and Europe, but it is absolutely unnecessary in the US and Australia where privacy laws are quite strict.

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Resume Or CV?

Another important fact is that around the world the notions CV and resume are synonyms, except for the USA. An American CV is not a resume. This document is longer and more detailed, usually written by scientists, researchers, teachers or medical workers. Be sure to take this difference into consideration, if you are a job-seeker on the American job market!

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    5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

    5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

    When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

    What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

    The Dream Type Of Manager

    My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

    I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

    My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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    “Okay…”

    That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

    I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

    The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

    The Bully

    My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

    However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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    The Invisible Boss

    This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

    It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

    The Micro Manager

    The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

    Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

    The Over Promoted Boss

    The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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    You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

    The Credit Stealer

    The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

    Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

    3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

    Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

    1. Keep evidence

    Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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    Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

    Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

    2. Hold regular meetings

    Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

    3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

    Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

    However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

    Good luck!

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