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Resume vs. CV - What’s the Difference?

Resume vs. CV - What’s the Difference?

Donna Cardillo, RN, BS / Verticalnet, Inc.

There are even two different styles of CV, the American and the International. Which style you use would depend on where the company you’re applying to is located. The International version includes personal information, such as marital and health status, which would be inappropriate on an American-style CV.

It doesn’t hurt to keep a CV-style listing for yourself to keep track of every presentation, article, and so forth if applicable, but you certainly don’t want to provide that much detail in your resume. Remember, less is more today, when you’re talking about resumes. If people want more detail, they can always review your portfolio, if you have one, or ask for more details, which you could provide under separate cover.

Remember that many people use the terms “CV” and “resume” interchangeably. So the next time someone asks you for a CV, don’t assume she wants the long, expanded version. Unless you’re applying for a teaching position with a university or a high-level PhD type research position, an all-purpose resume is usually all you’ll need.

For more information about resumes and CVs check out: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume by Susan Ireland or Resumes for Dummies by Joyce Lain Kennedy.

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  • Ryan-albright-sm_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Nice article Donna, And yes my knowledge about these two is same , resume is the short form of bio-data with page not more than one. While cv on the other hand contains detailed bio-data that might be of more than one page.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    The issue you describe here is like name badges. Sometimes you can have a very official name badge, sometimes considering the environment, can be somehow informal. In the end, it is up to you to decide on the matter and how you should proceed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    Thanks for this information,is very timely!

  • Me_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    i was really thinking of the difference between the two, but it was all clear to me now... thanks

  • Pa300080_max50


    about 6 years ago


    This is something that has always been confusing to me, why can't one format be enough! UGH!

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