What’s the Difference Between a CV and a Resume? All is Explained!13th January 2016
CV: A more comprehensive document, usually longer than a resume and no shorter than 2 pages, includes your complete educational and employment history.
Resume: Shorter than a CV, acts as a summary of your achievements, designed to introduce yourself to an employer in a concise way.
There’s often a fair amount of confusion surrounding the differences between a CV and a resume; different countries across the globe require different combinations of these when applying for jobs, which can make deciding what documents to attach to your application a little difficult at times. Knowing which is which could mean the difference between getting an interview or being passed up for other applicants, so be sure to check these characteristics and see which an employer wants to receive from you.
CV (Curriculum Vitae)
- Usually laid out over 2 or more pages.
- Gives an in-depth overview of your employment history, education and life achievements.
- Tailored to each employer, usually with a covering letter which similarly is crafted around each application.
- Designed to be read more thoroughly than a resume.
CVs are regularly used in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland when applying for jobs, while resumes are not used at all. In the United States and Canada, CVs are more often used for applying for education (e.g. College or University), scholarships and grants, as well as for scientific or academic positions. They can also be used as a part of fine art portfolios and help establish one’s professional credentials.
- Usually no more than 1 page in length.
- Designed to “stand out” to employers, as they are read quickly.
- Each is tailored for every application, much like the covering letter.
- Doesn’t go into great depth about a person’s educational or work history, only a selection of relevant achievements and qualifications are included, along with a small “about me” section.
Resumes are not used very frequently in the United Kingdom, but their use in the USA is wide-spread and serves as one of the most popular forms of application document, and resumes are sometimes interchangeable with CVs in certain countries (namely Australia, South Africa and India). However, resume’s are a good option for those visiting job fairs or posting via job agencies, as they allow you to provide a concise list of relevant achievements/ experiences that can enable you to make a good impression quickly.