CV or resume, still confused? Know the difference

Still confused between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume? Here's a list of points that will clear your confusion

Sending out a job application is the first and the most important step in successfully landing a job. A well-written cover letter along with a strong resume is what decides if a candidate will ever be called for an interview. However, one confusion that job seekers face all around the globe is– how is a CV different from a resume and where do you use them?

While you might be familiar with what the letters in a CV stand for (curriculum vitae, which is the Latin for ‘course of life’), the usage of the word has often been a source of perennial confusion for the job seekers and especially for the young college graduates.

It is important to note that, while both, a CV and a resume, are used for job applications, they cannot be interchangeable. While some jobs require you to send in your details in a short and crisp manner, others seek in-depth information from you. Therefore, it is important that you send the right piece of document to the right place.

However, since the confusion is inevitable, we have listed seven points of difference between a CV and a resume:

1) Meaning
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a comprehensive piece of document which gives detailed information regarding a person’s qualifications, experience, skills, and achievements. A resume, on the other hand, is a concise document which gives details of an individual’s education, experience, competencies, and achievements.

2) Length
CV is a detailed document and can be 2 to 20 pages long. A resume (french word for a ‘summary’) on the other hand should not be more than 2 pages long.

3) Focus area
A CV and a resume have different focus areas. While a CV lays emphasis on your academic accomplishments, a resume focuses on your skill set and your industry experience.

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4) Formatting
Both a CV and a resume are structured differently in terms of the content. While a CV always begins with your educational qualifications and gradually proceeds onto your experience, a resume, on the other hand, begins with your experience and then proceeds on to your education.

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5) When to use
A CV is same for all jobs and it is often used while applying for advanced research or fellowship positions. On the other hand, a resume can be modified according to the job.

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