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  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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An excellent CV may help you get the job of your dreams and a poor CV may mean a lost opportunity.

Since this is the first piece of information a company will receive about you, it is critically important that your CV be well-written.

It should be presented at the beginning of any interview that you have with a company. Ideally, CV should not be longer than one page.

The contents of a CV can be roughly categorized as: 1) PERSONAL INFORMATION (address and telephone number), 2) JOB OBJECTIVE, 3) EDUCATION, 4) EXPERIENCE, 5) SKILLS, 6) EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, 7) REFERENCES.

The resume begins with PERSONAL INFORMATION, name, address, telephone number centered at the top page.

After your address, a statement of intent or JOB OBJECTIVE should be written. This objective should be well thought out from the very beginning since it will influence how you will write the rest of the resume. It should not be too general, e.g: ”To obtain a managerial position in a Western company.“

Think about your job search and career goals carefully, write them down in a way that shows you have given this much thought.

For example: ”Objective: To obtain a position in telecommunication that will allow me to use my knowledge of engineering and take advantage of my desire to work in sales.“

Notice that your desire to have a well-paid job is not included in this statement. A focus on money in your résumé’s first sentence will not make the best impression anywhere in the world, not just in Russia.

After the statement of intent, describe your EDUCATION.

List the universities, institutes and colleges you have attended in reverse chronological order.

Any studying you have done abroad should be included and courses that you have taken that are relevant.

If you graduated with honors, you should definitely include this. A ”red diploma“ can be called ”graduated with high honors“ in English. Do not include your high school.

Your working EXPERIENCE is the next section. List your experience starting with your most recent place of employment and work backwards.

Spell out the exact dates of employment, your position, and the name of the company you worked for.

Provide information about your responsibilities, emphasizing important activities by listing the most relevant to your objective. Do not use complete sentences! List your responsibilities in short statements that do not include the words ”my“ or ”I“.

Following experience, you should list your special SKILLS.

These include your language skills, computer abilities, and any other talent that relates to your statement of intent.

When describing your language abilities, it is best to be honest about assessing your level, ”Fluent English“, ”native Russian“, ”intermediate German“, and ”beginning French“ are all ways to describe your language abilities.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES should be included in the next section. Student or professional organizations you belong to, travel, sports and hobbies should be listed here.

Do not list ”reading“ or ”writing“ as an activity. It is assumed most people with a higher education do these things regularly.

The last section of your resume is the REFERENCE section. List at least two people, not related to you, who can describe your qualification for the job.

Their names, titles, places of work, and telephone numbers should be included. If you do not have space on your resume for this, write ”Available upon request.” “You will then be expected to give this information to a prospective employer if it is requested.

The style and format of a resume are extremely important. Your resume must be typed, preferably on a computer in order to format it most effectively. A neat and well-written resume with no spelling mistakes will give an employer the impression that you are accurate and take care of details.

A resume will not get you a job. An interview with a company will get a job. In order to have the opportunity of interviewing with a company you should send your resume with a cover letter.

Exercise 1

Find in the text the English equivalents of the following words and expressions:

устраиваться на работу; краткая автобиография; дополнительная информация; личные данные; бланк (форма заявления); получить должность; опыт работы; навыки; рекомендации.

Exercise 2

Complete the sentences:

1.In different countries different conventions apply to the process of …

2. CV contains all the unchanging information about you:…

3. An excellent CV may help you …

4. The contents of a CV can be roughly categorized as: …

5. When describing your language abilities, it is best to…

6. In order to have the opportunity of interviewing with a company you should…

Exercise 3

Answer the questions:

1. What information should your CV contain?

2. How long should your CV be?

3. What are the main parts of CV?



Write a CV.

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