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Resume Or Curriculum Vitae

A resume and a CV are similar in meaning and can be interchangeably used depending on the type of job that you are seeking. In order to decide which one you should use you will need to understand the difference in the meaning of the word “Resume” and “Curriculum Vitae” or CV.

A resume means “continue” in seeking a job and is a brief account or short summary of your work experiences and qualifications emphasizing your career. A Curriculum Vitae means “course of life” and is a listing of your past work experiences and qualifications in a specific field.

The primary difference in a resume and a CV is the length and purpose. A resume is generally two or less pages long and is used to demonstrate a good fit for a job. The CV is generally two or more pages long and is designed to establish expertise through life experience.

The CV is more commonly used in Europe and the Middle East and is used for all job positions. In the US the CV is primarily used to apply for international, academic, education and research positions and a resume is used when applying for all other job positions.

The secondary difference between a resume and a CV is the content. While both will contain a chronological order of skills, experience and education the CV will also include awards, grants, fellowships, diplomas, certificates, and hobbies which are not included on a resume.

Another difference in a resume and a CV is how the document is delivered. A resume is generally uploaded into an online application for a job where as a CV is generally emailed directly to the person that is doing the hiring. Either way the purpose is to apply for a job as requested in the ad.

As you can see there are some differences in a “Resume” and a “Curriculum Vitae” and understanding the differences will help you decide which one you should be using. Have a copy of each saved and ready to send via upload or email when you are applying for your next job.

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