Brain Train: Studying for Success

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PRESENTING YOURSELF (I): THE CV AND THE APPLICATION FORM

16

Everyone lives by selling something

Robert Louis Stevenson

The arch-flatterer…is a man's self

Francis Bacon

The rest is silence

Hamlet


16.1 THE CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)

FIRST PRINCIPLES
The whole business of applying for courses and jobs is an intimidating and stressful one-and it remains so even for those with lots of experience in it. So let me at once stress that there is no single 'right way', no watertight model. Nevertheless, there are some practices which have grown up and are best followed for clarity. You need from the start to differentiate between:
• The personally designed CV
• The prescribed CV layout which occupies the first part of an application form *

simply because your approach and technique need to be distinct for each one. In the first case, design and chronology are up to you; in the second, those will have already been formatted for you. Nevertheless, they are closely linked, in that your goal in each case is the same: what is the best way to provide information, answer questions (be they explicit or implicit and present yourself most strongly?

To help provide an answer, it's wise to start with the absolute basics. This is not to patronize or assume that you're unaware of such things, but to examine them afresh and cast new light on things which seem obvious but are in fact subtle and complicated.

*Or sometimes a subsequent part. See Case Study 1, pp. 270-2 ff.

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