CV vs. Resume: do they differ and which one is better?

CV vs. Resume – knowing the difference may help you to get a better job!


Looking for a job? Well, then you surely need to get the answer to this question: CV vs. Resume – what’s the difference?

CV vs. Resume: clarifying the terms

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. That’s Latin. The translation is simple: the course of life. It basically means the document describes your life and work experience. It can be pretty detailed, too. That’s why you should always send a cover or an application letter with your CV!

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A good CV may take 2-3 pages to provide all the information To Whom It May Concern. They way you write a CV is by following a chronological order. You start with the latest events and move backward or the other way around.

What is a resume? Well, it’s a shorter version of CV, sort of. It should not take more than one page to write a resume. The word itself is pretty suggestive; you resume or round up all your work experience. A resume is more targeted, too. You can drop all the irrelevant work experience and describe only the jobs relevant for the vacancy you apply for.  No chronological order is required to write a good resume, and you may not add the Cover Letter to it.

CV vs. Resume: which one is better?

Well, it all really depends on the job you apply for and on your career. If you had many different jobs and a range of experiences in different areas of employment, listing all of them may not be relevant. In this case, a resume would do a better job.

CV vs. Resume

However, if all your career and education are pretty focused and perfectly suit the position you aim to take than use a CV. But do not forget to add a Cover Letter to it.

As you see, knowing the difference between the two is important to avoid making mistakes and losing lucrative jobs.

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