The Curriculum Vitae and the Job Application Letter

A curriculum viate (pronounced kari-kyu-lam-veetai) or a CV, also known as a resume (pronounced re-zyu-may) in American English, is a brief written account of your personal details, such as full name, address and telephone number, educational qualifications, previous work experience, languages spoken, and sometimes also your intests, that you send with a short letter of application when you are trying to get a job or admission to a course of study. A bio-data or a curriculum vitac (usually referred to simply as a c v) presents information about a person lo an employer. However, bare facts about a potential employee are often not enough. I hey need to be organized in a way that will make them stand out and attract attention. The facts have to persuade the employer and show him/her that the applicant has the qualities the employer is looking for.

Use a curriculum vitae only when the employer specifically asks for one in the position advertised. If instead, the employers ask you to till in their own application form, it means they want you to put down the information about yourself in the same manner as all other candidates. If you enclose a curriculum vitae and omit the questions on the form (say questions that deal with training etc.), the employer will probably disregard your application entirely. Even if you enclose a curriculum vitae in addition to the completed form, the employer is unlikely to read this extra piece of paper.
However, if you want to supply additional relevant information for which the form allows no space, you out attach this on a separate sheet of paper.   I here should be some reference to this in your answers in the body of the form, for example, “See attached sheet”. You can also attach extra sheets if the space on the form is insufficient, unless you are specifically told to limit yourself to that space.
You could also use a curriculum vitae when writing to an employer for a possible opening. But in cither case, you need to persuade the employer to take your application seriously.

The format for a Curriculum Vitae

Sometimes, as stated earlier, a proforma is given in the advertisement itself. This needs to be carefully followed. Otherwise, a curriculum vitae should contain in a tabular form, details about yourself (name, address, date of birth, nationality), educational qualifications, work experience, (both presented chronologically) followed by interests and activities. Finally, it is in order to name at least two referees. Some jobs, especially government jobs, require details about caste and religion. The government also gives you the right not to state your religion if you do not wish to. In case the job belongs to any reserved category, it is necessary to specify your caste only if you belong to SC/ST/OBC categories. You are, however, not required to submit any proof of this with your curriculum vitae.