Difference between CV and Resume: Basic guide for graduate applications
Shivani Bhatt, 27 Nov 2018
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Difference between CV and Resume is more than the difference in spelling. It is true that the CV is more of a British structure and Resume an American concept. However, there are many more dissimilarities than the one pointed out above. Explained below are the major difference, usages, as well as writing tips for CV and Resume.

CV vs Resume: What do they actually mean

A Curriculum Vitae (CV), which literally means ‘Course of Life’ in Latin, is a comprehensive document listing out the complete educational as well as professional life. It is an academically inclined living document updated with latest information (publications, projects) from time to time. There is no ideal length of a CV as it lists all accomplishments.

Resume, French for abstract, on the other hand, has only one purpose-‘Stand out from the competition’. This single page professional sketch is invariably used for corporate positions. Your Resume emphasises your experiences, skills, learning and competencies related to the particular position you are applying to. It will be different for different positions and organisations. Owing to the purpose, this document should be as crisp as possible, ideally, a single page document. Students aspiring for MBA should send a Resume.

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Resume vs CV: What to use where

Another major difference between CV and Resume is that your CV outlines all your academic accomplishments. It is specifically used for applying for academic positions, fellowships, research positions, grant applications. Resume is used in case you are applying for corporate positions, not-for-profit organisations, public and corporate sectors.

CV vs Resume: What to add

Unlike your CV, which begins with your latest academic qualification, a resume lists your academic qualification at the end. Whatever type of document you chose to create, list your latest accomplishments or positions held first i.e., arranged in reverse chronological order (RCO).

Difference between CV and Resume

Elements

Curriculum Vitae

Resume

Name and Contact Information

Yes

Yes

A brief summary of quantifiable expertise and skills

No

Yes

Employment Highlights

Relevant to the position

Yes

Academic Qualification

Yes

Yes

Academic projects

Yes

No

Internships

Yes

Yes

Awards and honours received

Yes

Relevant to the position

Scholastic Achievements

Yes

Relevant, Briefly

Workshops and Seminars

Yes

Relevant only

Areas of Interest

Yes

Relevant only

Projects, Grants, Honours and Awards

Yes

Relevant only

Publications and Presentations

Yes

Relevant

Professional Memberships and Fellowships

Yes

Relevant

Scholastic Achievements

Yes

No

Extracurricular Achievements

Briefly

Only if space permits

Masters CV Template

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Corporate Resume Template

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Apart from the difference between CV and resume listed above, whatever the type of document you choose to create, a list of guidelines are required to be followed

  1. No personal pronouns (strictly): It is your resume; you do not need to mention yourself here. Remove personal pronouns like, I, me, my, you, he, she, it, we, they, him, her, us, and them.

  2. Font and font size: You do not know if the receiver is viewing your document in Linux, Mac or Windows. Choose those fonts which can be viewed in all types of word processors and OS without distortion. Play safe; use Arial, Times New Roman and Tahoma. Font size 12 for headers and 11 for section content is easily readable and preferable

  3. Schooling information: Resume and CV are professional documents. Use schooling details and achievements only if you are a teenager.

  4. Highlighting: Use strong action words to highlight your credentials e.g. researched, organized, incorporated, carried out, collected, monitored, guided, supervised etc.

  5. Proofreading: Proofread carefully. In fact, read, edit and read again before you send it. Finally, run the document through spellcheck. Misspellings and typos often prove to be fatal.

  6. Finally: Convert your document to PDF before sending.

Stay tuned to www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on Resume

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