Difference between CV
While most of us use the terms 'Curriculum Vitae' (CV) and
'Resume' interchangeably, there is a difference between these
two documents. All over the world (including India) except the
US, employers ask potential employees for a CV while applying
for a position. While both documents are used in the job
application process, There is a difference in what the contents
of each should be.
To understand this, let us look at the literal meaning of
these two terms:
- Curriculum Vitae: The course of life;
- Resume: Summary
A close look at the meaning of these terms makes things
clearer. While a CV discusses the course of life of a person,
his Resume is a brief summary of his skills and achievements.
The meaning of the words offer the basic differences between the
- While a CV is detailed, a Resume is to the point
- A CV is longer than a Resume. Usually, a CV is two or
more pages long while a Resume is essentially one page long.
- A CV can contain some information about other facets of
your life such as hobbies and extracurricular activities. A
Resume strictly contains information relevant to the job.
- A CV is usually used in USA only for academia and when
you are required to apply for a government grant. Potential
employers usually ask for a Resume there.
- This means that while your CV when applying to two
different jobs could be same, your Resume has to be
different, highlighting different achievements in different
So, what term should you use? While most times you will be
asked for a CV all over the world, you have to be cautious if
you are in the USA. In the USA, employers expect you to abide by
the rules when they ask you for your Resume.