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Resume Vs CV | What is the difference

Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae

While resumes and CVs are both used in job applications (and some employers may use the terms interchangeably), there are a few key differences between the two documents. This article looks into the differences between a CV and a resume, as well as what to include in each and when to use one over the other. This might help you ensure that the paper you've generated for your job applications is correct..

The differences between a Resume and a CV

The length, content, and purpose of the documents differ between a resume and a CV. When deciding which is more appropriate to employ, you should also consider the region of the world you're applying to and your professional path.

In particular, a resume should be a condensed and carefully curated list of your professional experience, skills, and certifications that are directly related to the position you're seeking. A CV, on the other hand, provides a detailed history of your professional and academic credentials and achievements. The following are some of their significant differences:

1. Length

Since a resume highlights your abilities and qualities for a certain career alone, it should normally be just one or two pages. A CV won’t have a length limit and is significantly lengthier than most resumes because it provides more information and more thorough descriptions of coursework, research, publications, or presentations.

2. Experience/career type

CVs are usually used to apply for academic jobs or programs, grants, fellowships, and research or teaching posts. You may have a CV if you are currently applying to or have graduated from a master's or doctorate program, or if you work as a professor or researcher at an academic institution. Resumes are used while applying for jobs in the private or public sector, which are sometimes referred to as "industry positions" in contrast to academia.

3. Geographic location

In some countries of the world, such as the UK, New Zealand, and parts of Europe, employers use the term "CV" to designate both CV and resume-style documents and don’t use the phrase "resume" at all. In South Africa, Ethiopia, and India, the phrases "CV" and "resume" are often used interchangeably. But, in the US, a resume and a CV are two entirely different types of documents used for different purposes.

What to include on a CV

Typically, you’ll include your career experience as well as your education, awards, special awards, grants, scholarships, research or academic initiatives, and publications on your CV. You might also include professional references, coursework, fieldwork, descriptions of dissertations, and a personal profile that identifies your relevant qualities and traits. You can find a detailed information here.

What to include on a resume

A resume generally comprises a professional or "summary" statement, a dedicated skills section, and a condensed description of your recent and major professional achievements, listed in reverse-chronological order, commencing with your most current employment.

You may also decide to add your education experience, relevant professional organizations you’re a part of, or volunteer work. If you have little or no professional work experience, you can consider adding relevant internships, apprenticeships, voluntary work, or personal projects instead.

When to use a Resume Vs a CV

If you're confused if an employer requires a resume or CV, ask yourself the following questions to help you choose the correct document:

What kind of job are you applying for?

If you’re seeking for a profession in academia, specifically as an educator, teaching assistant, or researcher at a college or university, then you’ll surely require a CV. Some postsecondary institutions have standards for what to include on a CV, so be sure to check the school’s website or ask a recruiter or hiring manager for this information before you apply.

Where is the company based?

Depending on where the organization is located, "CV" may refer to a conventional resume or it may refer to the lengthier form. To determine which you should send, first examine the nature of task. If it’s an academic or research position, the employer is likely expecting a conventional CV. If it’s any other type of work, including a career with a business or even a staff position within academia, then the employer is likely seeking the shorter form resume-style document.

  If you’re in doubt about whether you should send a CV or resume, reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager and ask for clarification.

If you have a resume but not a CV (or vice versa), it may be good to put one together. A CV is, in many aspects, a fuller version of a resume with a few additional pieces of information, so generating one from the other shouldn’t involve a significant amount of work. Having the relevant document for a job application is crucial, and keeping both selections on hand will ensure you're prepared no matter what the job description needs.

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WRITTEN BY - Hiwot Endale-Medical Laboratory Technologist

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WRITTEN BY - Hiwot Endale

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