Having to update your resume is about as pleasant as a trip to the dentist. It is among the most dreaded tasks for many people. When you need a current resume, you typically don’t have time to focus on it. It’s also difficult to summarize years of work into a few bullets or a paragraph.
Recognizing you need help is the first step toward recovery.
Unlike other companies, Cary Communications doesn’t just take your existing resume and make it “look pretty.” We talk with you about your career aspirations, and focus on highlighting your unique skills in a way that will rule you “in” rather than “out” for any job that you seek.
We can implement standard layouts and formats, but we also develop unique approaches such as visual resumes that showcase your experience across a timeline that includes images or an infographic that highlights particular stats.
Since most people cringe when they think about updating their resume, we take the pain out of it by doing it for you. It’s a great investment in your future success and happiness.
The term resume comes from the French word résumé, meaning summarized. It’s intended to distill your experience and qualifications into a page or two for quick scanning.
Some people use the term interchangeably, but that’s incorrect. A resume is a concise summary of your skills, experience and education. A curriculum vitae (CV), loosely translated as “the course of my life,” is longer, includes more details, and is used primarily in academic and scientific environments. It would include specific research, publications, awards, certifications, etc. (e.g. when applying for a professorship, fellowship or grant).
The term “CV” is standard in the Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it is used more frequently worldwide than the term “resume.” A CV often includes “personal” details that Americans might find surprising, such as date/place of birth, citizenship, visa status, marital status, spouse’s and children’s names, a photograph and salary information, depending on location.
While a “resume” is currently the norm in the US, that is changing. Technology is enabling the world to standardize globally. Since most large corporations have global locations, and since the term “CV” is the standard in more countries, it is used more frequently throughout the world than the term “resume.” If you apply for a tech job in Silicon Valley, don’t be surprised when they ask you for your CV. When they do, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.