What is the Difference Between CV and Resume?

by admin on June 26, 2008

A resume is usually one to two pages long and is a summary of your work experience tailored to apply for a specific job; for example, most people have a general resume that they make changes to outline how their skills match what the employer is looking for. A resume is usually accompanied by a cover letter, that addressed the job posting requirements and provides a quick summary of why you are the ideal candidate; in essence, an introduction to you. In North America, the terms CV and resume are used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.

A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a more comprehensive portfolio of all of your work and academic achievements. It can include your resume, a cover letter, letters of recommendations from previous employers, or professors, samples of your work; especially if applying for a writing job and photocopies of certificates or diplomas/degrees and transcripts that you have earned. I consider a CV to be a job hunting bible.

Various countries have norms that they expect in a CV and resume. For example, in India, a photograph is preferred for anyone working in the public sector, especially in hospitality, whereas in the United States, job applicants cannot be discriminated against on the basis of age, sex or creed, therefore adding a photograph is discouraged. In the 1980′s computer and keyboard skills were something to make a note of on a resume, but in today‚Äôs job market, many of these skills are just expected of any potential candidate as a minimum for even applying.

In summary, make yourself a CV in a binder with protected sheets. Put your original copies of any relevant documents (save for the ones you have framed on your wall) and make this your comprehensive history of your education, your work experience, samples of your work, letters of recommendations and certificates/degrees. Also remember to include information about any volunteer experience as this helps to round out your image and helps to make you look like a team player.

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