An accounting assistant might want to write a curriculum vitae for several reasons, whether it's to provide biographical material for a news article, submit information for a service award or to supply information for a job application. A CV differs from a resume in that a CV is a more complete account of a person's history, especially as it relates to his career. For example, while a resume would not list every article published in trade journals, a CV would list them, including the dates they were published and the names of the journals. A resume is generally limited to two pages, but a CV can be as long as necessary to list a person's publishing credits.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Create a digital text document with Microsoft Word or another word processing application. Open a new file and begin writing your CV by typing in "Curriculum Vitae" at the top. Center "Curriculum Vitae" on the page. Continue by typing your contact information in the upper left corner of your document. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
Create a work history section of your CV by typing in "Work History" on a single line in bold letters. List your work history in reverse chronological order. Include the positions you held, the companies you worked for and the dates of employment. Focus on work that is related to accounting or related fields, list the names of past supervisors and be as detailed as possible in your descriptions. Curriculum vitae roughly translates to "course of life" in Latin, so you want each entry to be as complete as it can be.
Add a "Qualifications" section to your CV. You'll want to refer to the employment history you listed in the "Work History" section in this area, but focus on skills and training here. Note any specific job responsibilities or skill sets developed during your employment. While a resume might not list every training course that you took while employed in a particular position, a CV will. Remember that a CV has no length limit.
Write a section that outlines your educational background. Include dates of school attendance and degrees earned. Note any special coursework in math and accounting. List names of specific courses that are related to accounting, which will present a more complete picture of your educational background than a resume would.
Follow with a CV section entitled "Honors and Associations." Here, you'll list any honours you received from any of the clubs in which you are a member. Even if you have no awards, list the organisations. While a resume might limit entries to those related to accounting, a CV will list them all.
Read over your CV to catch any typographical errors.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure to save your computer file as you work.
- It's a good idea to have a friend read over your CV to catch any mistakes you missed.
- A career in accounting requires meticulous attention to detail. Reflect that in your CV.
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