What is the Difference between a Resume and a CV

The job market has become extremely competitive and applicants often find themselves vying against a number of candidates for one position. It is important to understand how to market yourself as a potential employee to any company. Part of this process is to understand the differences between a resume and Curriculum Vitae, more commonly known as a CV.

The main differences between a resume and Curriculum Vitae are the purpose, content, and length. In general, a resume is a concise synopsis of a person's work background, educational background, skills, and accomplishments. A resume is usually no longer than one or two pages. This allows the person reading the resume to spend a short time reviewing your background and qualifications.

The content and length of the Curriculum Vitae is much different than a resume. The Curriculum Vitae discusses in great detail education, employment, skills, licenses, certifications, and achievements or awards. Because of the detailed content the CV is normally longer than two pages.

A resume should be applicable to the position in which you are applying for. As stated above, resumes are intended to be concise. They should be customized to fit the prerequisite of the potential employer. Irrelevant and unnecessary information should not be included on a resume.

The CV is used when applying for positions in career fields such as medical, scientific, academic, and for jobs that are located overseas. The content of the CV should be as detailed as possible. Current and previous work experience should contain complete descriptions. It should also contain an inclusive listing of all academic credentials, achievements, and information related to published works.

When writing a resume three are three basic types that you can choose. The three types are chronological, functional, and combination. The chronological resume is the most popular resume format. Employers prefer the chronological resume because information is arranged from most recent to least recent.

A functional resume is quite different than a chronological resume. It highlights skills, credentials, and accomplishments. The combination resume uses both a chronological and functional format.

Whether you choose to write a chronological, functional, or combination resume there are a few important tips to take into consideration. You should always include your personal contact information. Your description of current and previous work experience should be clear and concise. When describing education and skills you will also want to use this approach and avoid using word filler.

Writing the Curriculum Vitae is more difficult than writing a resume. The format of the CV will vary based upon the position type, your location, and what needs to be included in the CV. Although the format varies there are certain items that are included in every CV. The information that should be included in the CV is personal details, education/qualifications, work history and experience, skills, hobbies or interests, and references.

As with a resume, your Curriculum vitae will be tailored to fit the specific position you are applying for. The Curriculum vitae is an in depth look at your work history, education and achievements as well as skills and experience.


Gail Esparan


3/22/2010 1:21:10 AM #

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