A Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Resume are both documents containing information in regards to your experience, education and skills. Although the purpose of both documents is pretty much the same, they do have different applications and really depend on where in the world you’re applying for a position.
In some parts of the world, a CV and resume are terms that are used interchangeably and essentially mean the same thing. We’ll go through what the differences are and which one you should be using.
In some parts of the world they mean the exact same thing but generally there are some differences between the two.
Here are three major differences between a CV and a resume:
The word Curriculum Vitae is a Latin term which translates to “the story of your life”. A CV is essentially an in-depth overview of a person’s experience, qualifications and education. The CV is used primarily in Europe, Africa, India and most Asian countries.
In some parts of the world, it’s common to see more personal information on a CV such as marital status, nationality, date of birth and even a photograph.
You can find another example CV here.
What is a resume?
A resume is a short summary of your skills, qualifications and education which is usually targeted and tailored to each position. It’s a quick and relevant advertisement of who you are and why you’re a good fit for a particular position. The resume is the standard job search document for the United States and Canada.
You should use the format that’s more widely accepted in the country you’re applying for. You should also always check instructions in the job posting to see if the employer asks for either a resume or CV.
If you’re applying for a position in the United States, you will be sending a resume 99% of the time. A CV which is more in depth than a resume is primarily used in the US when applying for teaching or research opportunities.
In the case where you’re looking for work in another country, you should find out which format they accept. If it’s different from the one you currently have, then you need to reformat it.
Whether you’re sending a resume or CV, you want to ensure that you’re delivering an effective and well written document. It’s the first impression you have on an employer and both documents serve as a marketing tool to help you land a job.
Here are four tips to keep in mind when writing a CV or resume.
Your resume or CV should be written in a standard and concise format. Use the correct headers and keywords you find in the job description to ensure the ATS understands you’re qualified and fit for the position.
A resume and Curriculum Vitae (CV) are essentially the same thing, a marketing tool to get the job. Which one you use depends on the country or position you’re applying for. Regardless of which one you need, ensure that the most important tool for your job search is written properly and shows the employer that you’re an excellent fit.
Good luck with your job search!