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What is The Difference Between A Resume and CV?

What is The Difference Between A Resume and CV?

A Resume is a document that provides a brief summary of an individual's qualifications, experience and education. It is used to apply for most job opportunities. A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a more detailed document that provides an in-depth look at an individual's qualifications, experience, education, and accomplishments. It is typically used when applying for academic, research, or scientific positions, or when applying for jobs in certain industries such as education, medicine, or academia.

Resumes are usually one or two pages long, while CVs can be longer, as they go into more detail on the individual's qualifications and experiences. Resumes are also more visually appealing and use bullet points to make the information easy to read, while CVs are more formal and professional in tone.

In summary, a resume is a brief summary of your qualifications and experiences, while a CV is a more detailed document that provides a comprehensive view of your qualifications and experiences.


Some additional differences between resumes and CVs include:

  • Tailoring: A resume is usually tailored to the specific job or industry that you are applying for, while a CV is a more general document that covers all of your qualifications and experiences.

  • Language: A resume is often written in an active, present-tense voice, while a CV is usually written in a more formal and passive voice.

  • Vocabulary: A resume uses more industry-specific jargon and keywords that are relevant to the job you are applying for, while a CV uses more technical language and terminology that is specific to your field of expertise.

  • Focus: A resume focuses more on your professional experiences and accomplishments, while a CV focuses more on your academic and professional qualifications, such as degrees, research, publications, and awards.

  • Photos: Resumes usually do not include a photo of the candidate, CV's often include a photo of the candidate.

  • Additional sections: A CV often includes additional sections such as "Research Interests" or "Professional Memberships" that may not be present on a resume.

  • Certifications and Licenses: A CV often includes a list of certifications and licenses you hold, which may not be included on a resume.

  • Professional Summary: A Resume often includes a professional summary or objective statement that highlights your relevant skills, experiences, and career goals. A CV is less likely to have a summary statement, but if it does, it will be more detailed and elaborate.

  • Contact Information: A CV includes more detailed contact information, such as your professional email, LinkedIn profile and other professional social media profiles.

  • Dates: A CV includes more detailed dates, including the months of employment, while a resume typically lists only the years.


While both resumes and CVs serve the same purpose of showcasing your qualifications and experiences to potential employers, CVs are more detailed, more extensive, and more formal than resumes. They are geared more towards academic and professional positions, and are more suitable for those in research, education, and certain professional fields.


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