When was the CV culture invented when will it end?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    1946- AND IT WONT END TILL 2010 JUNE

  • 1 decade ago

    Hello FK:

    Great avatar. Lucha, Lucha! The term CV (short for Curriculum Vitae is Latin for Life's Work). That alone can tell you how long it's been around. Forever.

    While CVs are a royal pain, they're unfortunately necessary. Even people in the creative areas that earn their living through their artistic talents -- music, fashion, acting -- have to have one. It's your calling card that sparks the employer's interest in your background and experience.

    Over the years, the CV has evolved. In the 70's it was a one-pager with dry, boring facts. No reflection of the person's personality. In the 80's it was flashy and wordy, but never false. In the 90's people started to put their pictures on everything, even their resumes and business cards. Weird. Sometimes they "embellished" their experience, their titles, and their degrees. The new millenium brought some of these people down, exposing them as the frauds that they were in the work world, and screeners like me could spot them a mile away. While we couldn't throw them away, we reserved a special place for them in the office -- The Wall of Shame. Some were hilariously twisted.

    The current economic downturn has spurred a new kind of resume that's a composite of all of these. Imagine trying to spot a good one among all of them! More employers are using agencies to sift through these, as machines can now scan for inconsistencies in resumes, misspellings, dates that don't match, colleges that don't exist, etc.

    Best rule to follow is: Be honest. Be yourself. Be concise.

    While you may not be able to contain all of your illustrious experience to 1 page, 2 is sufficient to spark an interest. Tailor the CV so that the person looking at it, sees that you have the qualities they need for the ad that they've placed. Each position you've held doesn't need to have more than 3 or 4 bullets to get your point across. A well written resume goes a long way toward landing you the interview you want. Leave all the details for the first and second meetings.

    Lastly, make sure you have relevant references. I've seen lists of references a mile long, but didn't include anyone who actually knew how the person WORKED, but could tell me how entertaining they would be after a pint or two. Most people forget to update their references. If you've not had contact with someone for 5 years, don't put them on your list. If you just worked with them last month, but left with a disagreement, don't put them on your list. Use your best judgment. They don't have to be people with fancy titles or high level positions. Just people who can attest to your dependability at work, your ethic to get the job done and your ability to work well with others.

    Good luck in your job search.

    Source(s): 25 years in Human Resources, Business and Operations Management.
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