CV vs Resume – Differences & Which To Choose

So in today’s post, we’re going to be covering a question which I constantly see people asking online; the old ‘cv vs resume’ conundrum, what are the differences and which you should choose.

Let’s start this CV vs resume match off by talking about Britains most favoured type…

CV – A CV, otherwise known as the Curriculum Vitae, is an in-depth account of a person’s qualifications, education, previous careers, achievements and more. They will often be two or more pages long and will list the owners experience in a newest to oldest order.

Resume – A resume, often spelt résumé, is a brief but comprehensive overview of the applicant’s personal, education, professional qualifications and experience. It is designed to give a detailed summary of the owners qualifications for a particular job; the job seeker will often adapt the Resume for the position they are applying for.

A good resume will give the employer enough confidence to be able to want to bring the candidate in for an interview.

What’s the difference? – You’ve probably already worked out what the different between the cv and the resume are by what’s been said above. The differences that stand out the most are the length, format / layout and the purpose.

A resume is a quick summary of the owners skills and experience, carried across one or two pages, whereas a CV is more in-depth and is often longer than two pages.

A resume comes in a number of formats such as chronological, functional, and combination.

A CV is in chronological order, listing your entire career history; a resume’s order can be moved around to suit the job that the applicant is applying for.

The main difference between these two is the length; the resume is meant to be short, the cv is meant to be long.

The Internship and Career Center at UCDavis put together this quick and clear comparison table between the two:

cv vs resume table

Which should you choose? – A CV is the done thing over here in Britain, the resume is more favoured in countries such as America and Canada.

You can also tell which to use by reading the advert carefully, you’ll be able to tell by the way it’s written and quite often it will say near the end which to submit.

I hope that this CV vs resume article has been useful for you; hopefully, you’ll be able to choose which one to utilise in your job search!

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