Resumes VS Curriculum Vitaes

By Victoria Johnson 5/11/2016

The difference between a resume and a Curriculum Vitae

The difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) is whats included, and the reason it is being used. Both mediums can be used to apply for positions and can be attached to job applications however, a resume and a CV are not always similar.

A curriculum vitae (CV) provides a detailed snapshot of experience and skills. CVs are longer than resumes - at least two or three pages. CVs are much longer than resumes, and include more information, mostly correlated to academic background. CVs can include academic background, including; teaching experience, degrees, research, awards, publications, presentations, volunteer experience, certifications, special projects and other achievements and relevant information.

A resume provides a summary of your education, work history, credentials, and other accomplishments and skills. There are also optional sections, including a resume objective and career summary statement. Resumes are the most common document requested of applicants in job applications. A resume must be as concise as possible. Typically, a resume is one page long, although sometimes it can be as long as two pages. Often resumes include bulleted lists to keep information concise.

When to use a CV

CVs requested and used in countries outside of the United States. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may expect to receive a curriculum vitae. When used in the United States, CV’s are mainly used with applicants in executive roles, academia, law and medicine. They are also mainly used when applying for scholarships and grants.