If you are launching yourself in the professional world, or if you are just looking for a job right now, you’ll notice that some employers ask for your resume, others ask for your CV and others, the picky ones, just might ask for both. After all, what is the difference between them?
A lot of people consider a CV and a resume the same thing and end up sending the same document in both cases. This proves to be a mistake, since there really is a difference between these two. In this article, we’ll look at these differences so hopefully, you won’t make this mistake as well.
Essentially, a CV (Curriculum Vitae, which in Latin means course of life) is a document that contains your achievements, your victories, your skills, your past and your biography in it with as much depth as possible. This document will tell your future employer, essentially, everything there is to know about your professional background.
More often than not, CV’s are organized chronologically and are enough for employers to make a decision to who they will interview and who they won’t. When applying for different positions you don’t even need to change your CV. What you need to change, however, is your cover letter.
On the other hand, a resume, is a short document that will allow an individual to stand out from the competition. Usually, people who read resumes won’t do it for a long time as such; they shouldn’t even be longer than one single page. When you are looking for a job, you should change your resume accordingly in order to be able to stand out in the middle of the crowd. The goal is to be in the employer’s best interest with this one single page of content.
For example, when applying for a job as a security guard in a casino, it certainly won’t matter for an employer if you were a cook for 5 years in a renowned hotel. As such, this information should be included in your CV, but should not be in your resume.
Essentially, the difference between a CV and a resume is based on three key factors: purpose, layout and length. While a resume is a brief document that sums up your relevant background and skills regarding the position you are currently applying to, the CV is a larger document that covers your whole professional background regardless of the position you are applying to. While the CV will be informed your future employer about your whole past, the resume will simply tell him what relevant abilities you have in order to try and capture attention and stand out among the crowd. A good resume and / or a good CV are enough for you to score an interview!