The method of exchanging CVs is prevalent within the Asian community because of arranged marriages. They are collected by the prospective bride's family (she never gives hers out first) and if she likes the look of one her information is provided in return. If there is mutual [CV] attraction then the couple and families take a step forward.
Information provided on this document is everything you will need to make a formal introduction: general details, job, education and family background. A photograph is also required.
Yes, it is a bit odd but on the plus side sifting out and rejecting the 'over my dead body' pile is made a whole lot easier. How? Because your parents do the rejecting for you.
Also, arranging your marriage proposals in alphabetical order has never been easier!
Of course, if you have any suggestions to add to the lists below feel free to share them by leaving a comment.
CV - do's and don'ts
DO list your age if you are under 21.
DON'T list your age if you are over 21. Doctor your birth certificate and tell everyone you are 18.
DO list your job title. However if you are a heart surgeon/rocket scientist/anything similar it will bring out your potential spouse's inferiority complex. Keep it simple - Just them you're a supermarket cashier.
DON'T write more than a page. You're a girl. The main things they need to know is your name, ability to cook and clean and whether you have child bearing hips or not.
DO list your qualifications. Although if you have a Masters or a PhD it might be best to leave those out. See the above point for more information. Also, they probably don't want someone too 'smart'.
DON'T list 'going to the gym' as one of your hobbies unless you like the sweet feeling of rejection. Asians like 'meaty' girls. Besides, no sari is complete without a healthy muffin top.
DO keep it short and sweet. To be frank, they won't get round to reading your CV unless they like the look of your photo.
However, rest assured. I will be posting tips in the next few days on how to get that perfect portrait to go with the masterpeice you have just created