A resume is also referred to as a curriculum vita. This document lists relevant education and job experience (as well as, depending on the job, awards won and qualifications or skills). Submitting a resume is typically the first step in the hiring process.
A resume has traditionally been focused on the accomplishments a person has made so far in their professional careers. However, targeted resumes are becoming increasingly popular; these focus on what a person can, looking forward, accomplish in a particular job.
Resumes vs. curriculum vitaes
Curriculum vitas typically list professional history, which includes length of employment and job descriptions as well as academic information and any publication history. They may extend to many pages to detail all relevant accomplishments and include work samples.
Conversely, resumes are typically one page in length (extending to two pages only for extremely advanced or technical jobs).
Contents of a resume
A resume should contain experience relevant to the position a candidate is seeking. Typically it is a good idea to include key terms to describe what an employer may be looking for as the initial screening of resumes is often done by computer search programs.
They should contain action words and be, to some extent, self-aggrandizing.
It should provide a concise, accurate and adequate description of one’s history and skills.
An Internet resume differs a bit, by allowing a traditional resume to be effective in a potential employer’s database. Often it should be less visually appealing and written in “plain text” to avoid any formatting issues in the employer’s database. It should be able to transition easily through e-mail and spam filter systems. Some job seekers put together an HTML version of their resume, in the form of a Web page.