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CV (often seen as "C.V." or lowercase, "cv"), is an abbreviation of the term, "Curriculum Vitae"; translated literally from Latin as, 'the course of one's life' and in French as "summary."

When seeking employment, a CV is typically an introduction of an applicant's skills, employment history, and education background, listed in reverse-chronological order.

Typically, many writing professionals advise a CV to be no longer than 2 – 3 pages in length. Often, students / graduates may only be able to promote their experience on one page, subsequently increasing the length of their CV as their career progresses. On the other hand, a senior executive with an extensive employment background may well find they require a longer CV to properly promote their skills, experience and associated achievements.

As job hunting and professional networking has become increasingly dependent on the internet, bloggers and job seekers will find numerous sites offering tips for how to make their CV the best it can be.

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