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Applying for a job? You've probably heard the advice plenty of times to tailor your resume for the position. But, you might not know exactly how to put it in action. What does tailoring your resume actually involve? How many changes do you need to make? What content should you be focusing on?

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The phrases "Curriculum Vitae" (CV for short) and "resume" are often used interchangeably by job listings and prospective employees alike. Is there actually any difference, or is it just a case of choosing your favourite synonym? While undoubtedly similar, resumes and CVs aren't quite the same thing. Here's a quick explainer.

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Web: You already know your resume should look good, stand out from the pile and be customised for every job you apply to, but doing all of that isn't easy. EnhanCV can help make sure your resume is suited for the job you want, and optimise it to get through applicant tracking systems and screening robots.

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Working out precisely what you should be earning can be difficult in today's job climate. With individual work contracts becoming the norm, there's no way of knowing whether you're making more -- or less -- than your co-workers. ValueMyCV is a new web app from Adzuna that calculates your true value based on the information on your CV.

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Throughout my four-year college education, I held a number of jobs, both during the school year and in the summers when I returned home to where I'd grown up. My roles ranged from restaurant server to writing-center staffer. When it came time to cobble together my first professional resume, I was initially nervous about my lack of real-world experience.

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It's fine to describe the responsibilities you had at previous jobs on your resume, but talking about your duties is not nearly as powerful as talking about the specifics of what you actually accomplished in those roles. Doing that can give your resume a serious boost.

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Elon Musk is an engineer, inventor and investor who helped to build some of the world's most recognised companies including Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal. Despite these achievements and many others, it's possible to fit his resume on a single page. Yes, this means you're probably waffling.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm currently undertaking an internship within the accounting industry. Generally, these are named "vacation" programs in Australia. I'm wondering how I should describe this role on my resume? ('Vacationer', 'intern' or 'summer analyst'?) I'm considering applying for positions in other industries as well as overseas. Any thoughts?

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Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it's also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it's kind of a big deal. With that in mind, it's a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look over it to make sure it's in tip-top shape before you use it for anything.

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Even if your field isn't really associated with any jargon, you tend to develop a certain way of explaining things when you've been working in an industry long enough. But when it comes to your resume, using esoteric language sometimes just hinders your appeal more than it helps.