resume/CV word game: levels of qualification

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resume/CV word game: levels of qualification

Postby J.M. » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:11 am

I'm getting ready to assemble my CV. I've always been a little confused about which words best convey the degree to which I'm qualified in a certain area or skill.

An example: I mostly use 3 programming languages (R, Perl, and Fortran 90).

I would say that I'm *adept* in R, *experienced* in Perl and *familiar* with Fortran 90.

To me, "adept" means that I have used the language on a day-to-day basis for several years. I can code quickly and accurately and I occasionally refer to documentation for help. "Experienced" to me means that I have used the language intermittently over several years and can code well, but I need to have a manual next to me at all times. "Familiar" means that I have used it in class and have done several projects in it, but wouldn't be able to freely code much of anything without a manual next to me or example code. Anything less than "familiar" probably doesn't belong on a resume or CV.

The same words and their meanings could be extended to almost any skill or area of expertise. What words do you use and what level of qualification do you associate with them?
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