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What is the difference between CV and resume?


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Zhensila’s Answer


1. Resume means "summary." In contrast, Curriculum Vitae (CV) means "course of life." The purpose of the resume is to tailor your qualifications and experiences according to the specific requirements of the job position, whereas the CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual (education, work experience, languages, computer skills, volunteer experience, awards, certificates, publications etc.).
2. A CV has no page limit ( usually 4-5 pages), whereas a resume is kept short and brief (usually 1 page).
3. A resume is mainly used in non-academic, non-profit, public and private sector jobs, whereas the CV is mainly used when applying for positions in academia, fellowships and grants.
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John’s Answer

Ayuni many employers require that a resume is submitted with a job application. Though a cover letter (CV) may not be required, including one when you apply for a job can help your chances of getting selected for an interview. You can think of your resume as a general summary of your work experience and your cover letter as a summary of your work experience as it relates to the job at hand. A resume states the facts – who, what, when, and how. In contrast, a cover letter provides an opportunity to explain why you are qualified for the job. This document adds a bit of color and personality and is intended to persuade employers that you're a good fit for the position at hand.

RESUME – is a document that itemizes your employment history. It summarizes the jobs you have held, the education you have attained, certifications, skills, and other quantifiable information about your background and work experience. The most common resume format is a list with your contact information, and experience section that includes job titles, position descriptions, dates of employment, an education section, and other relevant information. Typically, a resume is written in the third person and uses as few words as possible to summarize the experience. Often, resumes provide information in bulleted lists; this helps make the document concise and allows recruiters to scan through it quickly.

COVER LETTER – is written to highlight the qualifications you have for the job for which you are applying. It is used to provide the employer with additional information as to why you are a good candidate for the job. The main function of your cover letter is to show off how your qualification makes you a match for the job. A cover letter is written in a letter format including a salutation, several paragraphs, and a closing. Unlike a resume, you should use the first-person to write your cover letter. A cover letter is a short three or four paragraph document. It should be written with the assumption that employers will consult your resume to match it to the statement you are making in the letter about your qualifications. A cover letter is a better vehicle than a resume to convey more subjective information like the basis of your interest in a position, how your values motivate you to pursue a job, or why the culture of a company appeals to you.

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Ahmed’s Answer

The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience (generally 1-2 pages).

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Destiny’s Answer

I have always been told that a cover letter is your introduction. It is how you show employers who you are as a person. It is how you can explain your "why" and motives. It is a space to explain to employers why you are the best fit for the position. A resume is a summary of your skills and experiences.

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Mirna’s Answer

From my experience in multinational company, Resume and Cv are 2 different names for the same document. Make sure to provide a brief summary of your education, professional experience, skills and affiliation in 1 page. If you are asked to provide more info, give more relevant skills or qualifications without draining the recruiter with useless info. Whether a Resume or CV make sure that the document is easily and quickly read by the recruiters.

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Abhi’s Answer

no difference practically - if a company asks for a Resume or a CV, treat them the same.

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Dina’s Answer

the curriculum Vitae presents full history of your academic and professional experience, skills, affiliation so the document might be more detailed and longer than a Resume where you only present a concise picture of your skills, professional and education experience and affiliation within 1 - 1.5 pages max.
However, both of them are considered the same in many countries and companies. they are two names for essentially the same document content.
Finally, make sure to summarize wisely your info in 1 document that should be your passport to new opportunities.

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Mayada’s Answer

From my experience in several companies, mostly international ones: there's actually no difference. I believe you can put any of them when applying to a new job;however, it's always better to have a 1-2 page resume which gives a summarized and relevant overview of your experience.

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Mohamed’s Answer

The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience

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