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How to write a CV | important tips for CV writing


CV is the abbreviation of Curriculum Vitae and it is different from Resume.

The difference CV from Resume: Resume is for non-academic persons and Curriculum Vitae is for academic persons.

Resume: It means an abstract of experiences. If you decide to be employed in a company, office or factory you should use a resume; resume contains only personal information including name, birth date, postal address and contact number and any work experience you have had in the past with the name of workplace, type of work as well as work start and end date.

CV: As it was noted above, Curriculum Vitae is the abbreviation of Curriculum Vitae. Curriculum means educational and training plans, i.e. educational, academic and research plans and backgrounds of a person, and Vitae means work experience which is similar to resume.

In general, CV means the life history that this history involves features, capabilities, and activities and academic records and personal information, appreciations and individual academic honors. In fact, Curriculum Vitae is more complete than resume.

Important parts of a CV and how to write a Curriculum Vitae:

Personal Details: This part includes name, gender (male / female), nationality (Iran / Iraq / …) contact information (phone, email, residence address).

Education and Qualification: This part includes educational background, the name of your school and university, start and end dates of education, educational level, discipline and Grade Point Average (GPA).

Work Experiences: This part includes all the past work experiences by mentioning the name of  job, company or workplace, start date and end date of the work.

Language proficiency: You should mention your educational degree in English or any other foreign language; even if you have participated in a short course of language you should mention it.

Publications: This part includes scientific papers and the conferences that you have participated in with mentioning the name of paper, paper date and publication place of it.

Other Skills: This part includes your other special skills.

References: This part includes the name, job, degree, address, and phone number of the two professors that verify you or complete your recommendation forms. 

CV writing tips:

  1. Use personal photo in the first part of the Curriculum Vitae.
  2. All CV information should be written in brief up to two pages.
  3. All items listed in the Curriculum Vitae should be documentary (for example, if it is written in Curriculum Vitae 2 years of work experience, you should give its certification when submitting documents)
  4. CV should be typed and it should be in English
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