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Remember when I said that there is an exception
to every rule in the resume business? Well, here's another one.
In most cases, resumes should be concise and limited to one or two
pages at the most. You will carefully select your information to
provide a synopsis. In the professions, however, a much longer resume
is expected and the longer the resume, the better your chances of
getting an interview. Those industries generally include medicine,
law, education, science, and media (television, film, etc.). If
you are applying for a job in a foreign country, long resumes with
more detail and a considerable amount of personal information are
Such a professional resume is called a curriculum
vita (CV) from the Latin meaning "course of one's life." For those
of us who have trouble knowing how to spell the word, vita is singular
and vitae is plural.
A successful CV will include not only education
and experience but also publications (books, magazines, journals,
and other media), certifications, licenses, grants, professional
affiliations, awards, honors, presentations, and/or courses taught.
Anything relevant to your industry is appropriate to use on a CV,
and the resume can be as long as it needs to be to present the "course
of your life."
A CV--or any resume with multiple pages for that
matter--must contain a header with your name and page number on
each successive page. Should the pages become separated, the reader
should be able to easily put your subsequent pages in their proper
order and with your resume!
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Give Your Resume an Edge!
From Designing the Perfect Resume, by Pat Criscito.
Copyright 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's
Educational Series, Inc.