Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Are They Different?

Many times, mistakenly, these two terms, resume and CV, are being used interchangeably.

Most of my clients ask me whether there is any difference between a resume and a CV (Curriculum Vitae). Many times, mistakenly, these two terms, resume and CV, are being used interchangeably. Have you looked at the job advertisements? Employers ask you to ‘submit your resume/CV’ while applying for a particular job. Understand that there is a huge difference between how to write a CV and a resume.

What is a resume?

Let me give you a list of things your resume should have.

1. Foremost among all, understand that the resume is an incisively written synopsis of information related to the job you are applying for

2. Resume looks its best when written no more 1-2 pages

3. You need to understand that recruiters or employers won’t spend more than 2-3 minutes reading your resume. Executive summary is the key aspect that make recruiters read your resume fully. Be careful while writing an executive summary or an objective.

4. Resume should crisply talk about your skills, qualifications and expereince related to your aspiring job

5. There is always a debate whether you need to include personal details like your date of birth, marital status and passport information. Recruiters in some countries like India, Middle east require these information. Again, keep in mind that not all positions and employers require these information. Employers in USA may not need these info.

6. It is a good idea if you provide information about ‘references’. For the privacy and security of the references, it is better to mention the detailed information only if it asked by the employers. You can mention it as ‘reference - available on request’ in your resume.

What is a CV?

CV or a curriculum vitae is a document that conveys your potential, skills, grants received, papers presented, work experiences in detail.

1.CV is used most of the times for education, clinical researches, physicians, scientists and professors

2.CV must have educational information in detail such as where the candidate has studied and when he / she completed the course / degree / diploma. You must also include a short description of the course, especially if it is relevant to the job / post you are applying for

3.It is very important to mention about your publications in detail in a CV

4.Have you worked with the famous names while doing a project or a research? If so, mentioning those names will add value to your CV

5.Even though there is no page limit for writing a CV, it is better to avoid writing no more than 4-5 pages. Your CV should not look like an autobiography.

Did you know there are different types of resume / CV available? You need to write a resume or CV depending on your education, skill set, aspiring job and work expereince. If you have a gap in your career or planning a career change, you need to be extremely careful while preparing a resume or CV. If you have difficulties making one, go for a professional help. There are professional resume writers who can help you out with preparing a resume or CV.

You can also go through the sample documents that are available online before preparing one. Spend quality time on preparing your CV / resume and get into the job that you wanted all your life. Remember that your CV or resume is the key to open doors for your dream career, presenting it well is utmost important.

Sources:

Author is a professional resume writer.

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