As we look forward to the year 2024 and anticipate the opportunities it could bring, Ben Opoku Aryeh, a CV Specialist, cautions the public to be forward-thinking about their CVs.
This is what he says:
“If I were you, I would take the time now to review my career in 2023. This is a time of deep reflection. I would revisit, from January to date, what I have achieved in my career—the lows and the highs. I would now pick a chair, sit down, and list all the success stories, naming them one by one. I will list all the moments I failed as well.
After doing this, I would be ready to update my CV with the new skills I have acquired from work and the key highlights of the year. I would identify which of my skills I used most in achieving all that I did and how I was able to do that. Where I did not succeed, I would ask myself what went wrong and plan to do better in 2024.
Now, here’s what else I would do. I would reach out to the CV Specialist to update my CV with all the new skills I have acquired and the success stories for the year 2023. Tailor my CV to the potential roles I would love to apply for. I need to boost my value proposition.
The CV Specialist will also transform all these accomplishments into a top-notch professional CV, telling your stories to bring clarity to what you have done in 2023. Now, I will be ready to explore new opportunities in the year 2024. I am fully prepared now. Don’t wait on this.”
Mr. Aryeh shares thoughts on the major differences between CVs and Resumes.
“A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a longer, more detailed document that lists your professional experience, educational background, and research or publications. Technically, it is often used when applying for academic, research, or scientific positions.
A resume, on the other hand, is a shorter, more concise document that highlights your relevant work experience and skills. It is typically one to two pages long and is often used when applying for jobs that do not place as much emphasis on research and education.
There has always been confusion with the use of a CV and a resume, especially for job seekers. I must say, however, that, in our part of the world, a CV and resume are mostly used interchangeably.
Usually, when recruiters ask for a CV, they are referring to what describes your work experience for a particular job. What rather differentiates a CV for a job application and one for a research or scientific position is the use of an ‘Academic CV’ to describe one for such a position.
So while the two—a CV and resume—may be used differently in some contexts, mostly in our setting, you would find the requirement of a CV for a job application and an Academic CV for a research or scientific position.
If you’re not sure which one applies to which country or company, find out and be sure which one they’re referring to. It’s very important to also read more on the school’s website if it’s for admissions to know which one is required to send.
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