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The difference between CV and resume


It’s time to apply for a new job, and you have just started with the search on job boards, you
have found a couple of good ones and you want to apply for them. Next step is to write a CV
or a resume and to apply for it.

The main question is do you need a resume or you should use
the CV (Curriculum Vitae) form? It really depends on the country where you live and on the
job description. For example, if you are applying for the job in the USA you will need just a
resume, but if you are applying for a job in Europe it is sure that you will need a CV form.
There is also one more thing, these days almost every company is asking for the cover letter
in combination with CV. Why? Because the cover letter is something which is really
personal, you need to describe yourself on the best way, but also they want to see why did
you choose them from the sea of many many other companies and how you can help them to
grow. So, when you are applying for the job write the cover letter also because that is
something which will exclude you from other candidates, and definitely will be your plus. Let
see the difference between CV and resume.

The resume is short, not longer than one A4 page document which contains all of your
information from your working history. The goal of a resume is to make an individual stand
out from the competition.
A resume doesn’t have to be ordered chronologically, doesn’t have to cover your whole
career like and is a highly customizable document. But, there are some examples how does it
look one resume, and this is a list of things that you can put inside.
In the first part of a resume, is your general information like name, last name, address, phone
number and date of birth. But in some countries, you don’t need to write your general
information and you do not have an obligation to write your date of birth and your address.
For now, the only continent where you don’t need to give that information is the USA, in the
rest of the world that is the start point for every resume or CV. After the part with general
information, you need to write a short summary of your educating and working
achievements. We can say that a resume is a short brief of your working life, of everything
that you did before in the field of education and personal development. If you want to be sure
that your resume will separate from the other ones it will be great to give information about
your certificates and language or some specific courses.
The job seeker should adopt the resume to every position they apply for. It is in the
applicant’s interest to change the resume from one job application to another and to tailor it to
the needs of the specific post.
Unlike the resume CV (Curriculum Vitae which means a course of life in Latin) is an
academic document which is not limited with the number of pages, and it contains a high

level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The
CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards,
honors etc. The document tends to be organized chronologically and should make it easy to
get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for
different positions, the difference would be in the cover letter. The starting point of CV is the
same like the resume, you need to start with general information about yourself, after that is a
part of education history, working history, certificates, language courses, knowledge of new
technologies, seminars and at the end hobbies. Most of the candidates at the end of CV are
putting the information about their driving experience and the last sentence in almost every
CV is “If you need some other information, recommendations from my previous employers I
can provide it”

Let’s summarize the difference between resume and CV. As stated, three major differences
between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose, and the layout. A resume is a brief
summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and it’s
not limited to the number of pages, you can write all the information that you consider it
necessary, but if you want that someone read your CV it will be ideal to not be longer than
two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any
changes will be in the cover letter. A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole
career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit
the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is
intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills
and achievements.


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