What is the difference between a CV and a Resume.

You may have seen during your job search companies asking you to submit a CV. CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, which is a Lating term meaning course of life.

Now many of us are familiar with the standard that a resume should be 2 pages or less. When it comes to a CV the CV can be two, five, ten or 12 pagesódepending on your acheivements and accomplishments. This is because the CV is a more comprehensive document.

A resume and a CV will contain a Summary Statement that details some of your top skills and/or objectives as well as sections with your Work History and any Special Skills you may have.

Where the CV differs is that it will also list your awards, honours and achievements etc. Here are some examples of items you might find on a CV;

Professional Licenses or Certifications.

Courses that you have taken with regards to professional development.

Letters of Recommendation.

Presentations you have given in a professional or academic setting.

Books, papers, blogs or presentations you have written.

Additional information that corresponds to your Objective or Qualifications.

A CV can be a more static document than a resume in that it does not necessarily have to be tailored to each position that you apply for like a resume because it gives a more highly detailed view of everything you have accomplished. A resume is more finite in that it is structured to show a potential employer the skills and accomplishments that match the job being applied for.

A CV is generally used for applying for an academic postion or postions similar to senior executives, lawyers or scientists. With a CV the more detailed information you can can provide the better as it will show your vast knowledge and experience.

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