What is a CV or curriculum vitae? Is it any different from a resume?
Why do some candidates apply with a CV and others use a resume? Is any of the two better than the other? Or are both the same? Does it depend on the years of experience the candidate holds? Or is ‘CV’ just another word for ‘resume’, and vice versa? Let’s find out the difference between a CV and a resume.
Follow the table to know the difference between CV and resume:
|CV||No limit on no. of pages||A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a long document that contains details of your experience and educational qualifications, showcasing the whole course of your career.||For academic placements|
|Resume||1-2 pages||A resume is a 1-2 page document presenting key facts about your educational background, professional experience, and skills.||A resume is used for job search|
In the USA, the term ‘resume’ is more common than ‘CV’ where, ‘CV’ usually refers to an elaborated version of a resume that contains much more information than a resume.
Here’s what a CV should contain:
Use standard, legible, elegant fonts such as Calibri, Cambria, Open Sans, Helvetica, Georgia, or Bookman Old Style in your CV. Outdated fonts such as Times New Roman can make your CV look old.
Pro tip: Never use a “fancy” curly-tailed font in your CV. Add a touch of class. It will make your CV a nightmare to read.
There are a few specific things you need to know regarding resumes. Let’s start by understanding the meaning of a resume.
First, the term ‘resume’ is equivalent to the European word ‘CV’.
Both look similar and are one-page documents that summarize your experiences and educational background, tailored for a specific job you’re applying for.
Basic information on a resume –
Here’s what you can include in your resume –
1.List your contact information-
Pick a resume format/template, and start filling in the contents.
Write down your Name and Surname, Phone number, Address (City and State), and Email Address.
2.Give a resume summary in 2-3 sentences about your career.
Mention a resume Objective about your motivation for getting into a new field.
If you are an experienced candidate, then write about your achievements.
3.Add your Work experience –
With your Job Title/Position, company’s name & location, and Dates employed in the mm/yyyy format.
4.Accomplishments and responsibilities along with every job title as per your designation and tenure with the company.
What about the proper file format for a resume?
Usually, a PDF is the best document to make a resume. It keeps your resume layout intact across all devices.
Although, some companies require resumes in Word doc or DOCX files.
Before sending it across to the interviewer, pay attention to the job description, confirm with the recruiter and then play by their rules.
Make your resume available in both PDF and DOC file formats, to avoid last minute rush.
Avoid file formats such as JPG or PNG, or files dedicated to graphic software (PSD, INDD, or AI). Some employers might not accept these versions.
A piece of straightforward information in brief is the way to make a profile eye-catching to employers. Strong and active language, achievement-focused work history, and a skill-set matching the vacancy can take your profile ahead.