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CV Vs. Resume – 3 Major Differences

A CV and a resume are commonly referred to as the same thing; just one is used in the United Kingdom while the other is more popular in the United States. While this is partly correct, there are differences between the two documents.

 

CV

CV or curriculum vitae is a longer document that will include a more detailed listing of a person’s professional accomplishments. Generally, a more detailed description of a person’s education, awards, publications, affiliations and any other academic accomplishments are listed in a CV.

Mainly expected in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In the United States, a CV may be required when seeking educational or scientific positions.

 

Resume

A resume is usually no longer than one page and will contain a brief summary of a person’s relevant job experience. A brief list of the person’s educational accomplishments such as degrees earned will also be given. Widely used in the United States when applying for a job.

 

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Major Differences Between CV and Resume

Below is a CV vs. resume comparison table showing the 3 key differences:

CV or Curriculum Vitae

Resume

  • Two or more pages
  • One page
  • A more detailed description of a person’s education, awards, publications, affiliations and other academic successes
  • Brief summary of job experience and list of educational accomplishments
  • Widely used in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East
  • Widely used in the United States

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