Do you know the difference between a CV and Resume?

As taken from the University of Victoria,


A résumé is a document that summarizes your education, experiences, and competencies. It’s designed to introduce you to an employer and highlight your qualifications for a specific job or type of work.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a more comprehensive document that details ALL your past education, experiences, and competencies, including public presentations, academic writing and professional development. It’s designed to introduce you to employers in academics, advanced research, post-secondary teaching and fine arts. The terms résumé and CV are sometimes used interchangeably.”

– Three key differences between résumés and CV’s –

“CVs are focused on academic work with an emphasis on research and teaching while résumés are focused on non-academic work with an emphasis on related competencies (skills, knowledge and attributes)

CVs aim to provide comprehensive information while résumés aim to summarize key information

CVs are often long – 5, 10, 20 or more pages – while résumés are generally 1 to 2 pages maximum”

Here is a link to an excellent information sheet provided by the University of Victoria.

I would also like to share this summary from The Undercover Recruiter who refer to the 3 key differences in stating, “Three major differences between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose and the layout. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter. A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.”

CV vs. Resume: The Difference and When to Use Which

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