There isn't a big difference between CV and resume. And the difference matters
only in United States and Canada. Outside America, you have to worry only about your CV.
Read below the main facts about the
difference between CV and resume:
1: Different length.
Your resume should be shorter than your CV. Compare just your CV with your resume. Don't
compare your documents with other people's documents. For example, your resume may be longer
than somebody else's CV. If this is the case then it's not an issue.
As a general rule, a CV is expected to have a length of 2 or more pages. A resume should be
less than 2 pages. A resume can be even shorter than 1 full page.
Both a CV and a resume should include your full name,
address, contact information, education work experience and skills. Don't add irrelevant
sections to your resume and don't leave out essential sections from your CV.
2: Similar sections.
In addition to a resume, a CV can and should include
awards, teaching experience, hobbies, referees, grants and fellowships, diplomas, computer
skills, work related skills, courses completed and any other relevant information.
3: Different sections.
For most positions, recruiters receive tens or even hundreds of applications. So, if you add
lots of irrelevant information in a lengthy CV, your CV may be discarded. Along with the CV,
you'll lose the chance of coming to an interview. To prevent this from ever happening, write a
hassle free CV that's easy to understand. Use simple everyday English. Try to be clear rather
In both cases, make sure you write events in a
chronological order. It's easier for people to understand events if they are a presented in a
4: Underlining principles.
Your skills, experience and education are the most important aspects. Design your CV or resume
While you write either a CV or a resume, pay particular attention to your writing. Writing
concisely, clearly and simply shows that you think clearly and learn quickly. Writing, learning
and thinking are all interrelated. Every word should mean something and it should add to the
explanation. Write short phrases. Leave out any word which doesn't absolutely have to be part
of the phrase.
In America, United States and Canada,
use a resume as a general rule. In the rest of the world, a CV is expected and often demanded.
However, most of the companies don't want lengthy CVs with irrelevant stuff in it. They do not
care that much about your childhood or about what you did in your third grade. They want only
the information that is relevant to the position you are applying for.
5: Different rules in different countries.
The perfect CV outside U.S. and Canada is less than 2 pages long and it has only the relevant
information the employer needs. While a resume is about being brief, the perfect CV is about
including only the relevant information. Keep in mind "brief vs relevant".
The above concepts and ideas represent the difference between CV and resume. Follow the above
steps while you write your CV or resume. Don't ignore any of them.