Differentiating the CV and the resume

At some point in one’s life, they will have to write a CV and a resume for job hunting or professional purposes. While many people think both terms are interchangeable, they have their own purpose and are not one in the same. While the primary difference between the two has to do with the length of the document, below are ways to differentiate the CV from the resume and when to use one over the other.

Curriculum vitae

A curriculum vitae, or a CV, is a summary of a person’s skills and experience. It is usually two to three pages in length and is used to convey one’s academic background—maybe for a fellowship or a scholarship grant.

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Just like a resume, the CV must contain one’s name and contact information. While it is totally fine for a person to list their skills in a CV, the main reason organizations ask for an applicant’s curriculum vitae is to gain insight into one’s academic achievements. It can include one’s professional licenses, awards, grants and fellowships, publications, and teaching experiences.

Resume

Resumes also provide a summary of a person’s work history, accomplishments, and academic background, but it must focus on their career summary statement and objectives. It is usually a page long and is preferred to be concise for easier reading. It is commonly used in job applications.

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Steve Sorensen is a business executive specializing in the staffing industry. Visit this blog for more articles and tips on job hunting.

Free Range, Hormone- And Antibiotic-Free Beef: a Win For Humans, Cattle, And The Environment

flying-v-ranch-cowsBeing smarter about food choices, such as in choosing organic, might just save people from a slew of illnesses caused by substances added to the conventional meat. A more organic way to raising cattle benefits not only humans but the environment as well.

Antibiotics are administered to cows to prevent disease, which cows are prone to when cramped in poorly sanitized spaces and when provided with contaminated feed. When cattle are free to graze farmland and feeds on grass, it is less likely for cows to get sick, hence, the less need for antibiotics. When humans consume too many antibiotics, including the ones found in conventional beef, viruses develop a resistance, making people more vulnerable to dangerous diseases.

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Hormones are meant to speed up the growth of cows, but the hormones get retained in the meat and are transferred to humans when eaten. There is speculation that these hormone additives increase the risk of cancer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that no hormones are administered before meat can be labeled as organic.

Since organic farming practices avoid the use of additives, they lessen the pollution of the soil and groundwater. Organic farms also use less energy than industrial farms.

Steve Sorensen is a partner in Flying V-Bar Ranch, whose Sweetwater division practices free range, hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle farming. For similar articles, subscribe to this blog.

The Best For Both Worlds: How Staffing Agencies Benefit Employers And Employees

Staffing agencies have helped employers and employees alike in their respective objectives.

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Several job positions, from blue-collar works to professional ones, can be found in the staffing industry. Even uncommon ones, including biotechnologists, videographers, and dentists, are occupations available for those who are looking for it, and, of course, qualified.

Job seekers looking for permanent work can turn to temporary employment as the latter can bridge them to the former. According to research, about a third of temporary and contract workers had been offered permanent positions by the firm that employed them.

Temporary employment has also allowed flexibility, giving the individual work at the time and location of his choosing. A job agency also provides the opportunity to experience various industries, companies, or career paths without the long-term commitment.

Employers, on the other hand, have opted to work with temp agencies because it allows them to hire workers who fit their needs, depending on the job opening, contract basis (full-time, part-time, temporary, contractual, or project-based), and skill level.

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Some agencies even provide human resources and administrative functions by managing hiring, terminations, and employment liabilities, such as payroll, Medicare, and other benefits. The employer needs only to specify the number of workers it requires, how long they are needed, and the salary level.

Business leader Steve Sorensen is the former CEO of Select Staffing and advisor for Butler America, specialty staffing enterprises that have helped employers and employees alike. Read more on Mr. Sorensen here.

Beyond The Skills: What Companies Are Looking For In A Potential Employee

Many job seekers think that their skills serve as a security blanket for them to land their dream job. But for employers, it takes more than skill to say someone is qualified for the job. Here are top buzzwords employers are looking for in a potential employee.

Committed: Employers want someone who will serve the company not just for a particular season, but for a long time. They want someone who will not treat the job as a stepping stone to get somewhere else.

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Passionate: If the applicant is passionate about the job, he can and will work despite money issues. People who are passionate for a particular job are more committed and motivated to do it whatever it takes to get employed

Flexible: A flexible individual is teachable and understanding. Many workplaces are understaffed, which pushes their people to take on tasks that do not come with their job title. If the applicant seems willing to do something beyond what is required of them, employers see this as a plus. Anyone can call themselves “flexible,” but the enthusiasm that comes with flexibility is a different thing.

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Innovative: Employers want innovative members. Innovation does not end in one’s ability to create, but their ability to solve problems as well.

Steve Sorensen is a business leader. He is the former owner of Select Staffing, a specialty staffing enterprise, and Butler America. Learn more about the latest in business by following this Twitter account.