What’s the Difference between a CV and a Resume?

February 14, 2023 CV,Job Finding Tips,Resume

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) and a resume are both used to apply for job opportunities, but there are some key differences between the two.

Length: A CV is usually longer and more comprehensive than a resume, often 2-3 pages or more in length. A resume is typically one to two pages in length. Recruiters options about this can vary. (visit 10 Tips for Canadian Resumes for more about resume length)

Focus: A CV focuses on a detailed account of an individual’s professional experience, qualifications, and achievements, including education, publications, awards, and other accomplishments. A resume is a brief summary of an individual’s qualifications and experiences, highlighting the most relevant and recent information.

Content: A CV includes more information about an individual’s background and work experience, including a comprehensive work history and education. A resume focuses on the most recent and relevant experiences and accomplishments.

Purpose: In North America, a CV is commonly used for academic, research, and medical careers, while a resume is more commonly used for business, marketing, and other non-academic roles.

Tone: A CV is typically written in a formal and objective tone, while a resume may have a more personal and creative tone. Personalization and creativity should be tailored to match the position you are applying for. For instance, a resume for a graphic designer’s resume can be more personal and creative, while an accountant’s resume would likely do well to be more factual and to the point.

In summary, the main difference between a CV and a resume is the length and the level of detail, with a CV being a more in-depth document, while a resume is a brief summary of a person’s qualifications and experiences.

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