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CV stands for curriculum vitae - a Latin expression meaning 'life story'. (In American English it is called a resume.) It summarises your education, achievements and job history for prospective employers and so it should be carefully prepared. A CV is usually sent with a covering letter.

CVs 1: Compiling a CV

Look at the following stages in the preparation of a CV.

Arrange the words into sentences

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CVs: Cv in an envelope

an achievement
something important that you've managed to do

job history
a list of the different jobs you've done

a layout
the way you've arranged information

to draft something
to write something that you will improve on and finish later on