Resume or CV?

What is the Difference Between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?


While both resumes and CV’s are used in job applications, they are certainly not interchangeable. The most important differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are length, content and application as noted below:

Length: While a resume is generally a one or two page summary of your skills, experience, and education, a CV is longer and provides a more detailed synopsis.

Content: While both a resume and a CV include a summary of educational and academic background, the CV further expands on areas such as teaching and research experience. While a CV is longer than a resume and provides a more detailed synopsis, it is still critical that it remain clear, concise, and up-to-date.

Application: A CV is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions.

Please note that outside North America, the terms CV and resume are sometimes used interchangeably.

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