Title : Difference between Curriculum Vitae and Resume Previous | Next
The primary differences between a resume and curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included and what each is used for. A resume is a one or two page summary of our skills, experience and education. While a resume is brief and concise - no more than a page or two, curriculum vitae is a longer (at least two page) and more detailed synopsis.It includes a summary of our educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.
A curriculum vita is a Latin word, meaning "course of one's life”, is a document that gives much more detail than does a resume about our academic and professional accomplishments.
Resume is a French word meaning "summary". A resume is ideally a summary of one's education, skills and employment when applying for a new job. A resume does not list out all details of a profile, but only some specific skills customized to the target job profile. A resume is usually written in the third person to give it an objective and formal tone.
In addition to a resume, a CV can and should include awards, teaching experience, hobbies, referees, grants and fellowships, diplomas, computer skills, work related skills, courses completed and any other relevant information.
For most positions, recruiters receive tens or even hundreds of applications. So, if we add lots of irrelevant information in a lengthy CV, our CV may be discarded. Along with the CV, we'll lose the chance of coming to an interview. To prevent this from ever happening, write a hassle free CV that's easy to understand. Use simple everyday English. Try to be clear rather than persuasive.
Both a CV and a resume should include our full name, address, contact information, education work experience and skills. Don't add irrelevant sections to resume and don't leave out essential sections from CV.
Different rules in different countries
In America, United States and Canada use a resume as a general rule. In the rest of the world, a CV is expected and often demanded. However, most of the companies don't want lengthy CVs with irrelevant stuff in it. They do not care that much about your childhood or about what you did in your third grade. They want only the information that is relevant to the position you are applying for.
The perfect CV outside U.S. and Canada is less than 2 pages long and it has only the relevant information the employer needs. While a resume is about being brief, the perfect CV is about including only the relevant information. Keep in mind "brief vs. relevant".
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