When it comes to recruiting, one of the main mistakes that people tend to make is to mistake a resume for a CV. One has to wonder though, which are the main differences between the two, and where/when can you use one?
What is a resume?
The resume is a document that will offer a summary of your work history, education, credentials, skills and accomplishments. You can also include some other information via the optional sections, and that includes the career summary statements and resume objectives. These are the most common documents that can be requested from applicants which want a new job. Resumes needs to be concise and to the point, and most of the time you will see that a resume has around one page, albeit it can go to two pages if needed.
You can find resumes that include bullet lists in order to offer the info in a concise yet more appealing manner.
There are multiple types of resumes, such as combination, functional and chronological. It all comes down to the job type that you have, as these tend to suit specific jobs.
What is a CV?
Similar to a resume, the CV also provides a summary of experience and skills, but the difference is that a CV is more detailed, usually it can have anywhere from two or three pages, sometimes even more.
Inside a CV you can find plenty of information such as degrees, academic background, skills, hobbies, achievements and all the other relevant stuff that can’t be included in the resume due to size restrictions. You can have a CV summary which is a single page that you use as a condensed version, but many times you will be asked for a complete CV. A summary will usually be requested only when the company expects a large number of applicants.
Differences between a resume and CV?
First, it’s important to note that a resume is usually used in the US and a few other countries, whereas in most of the world you will need to create a CV. However, even in the US, people in the medical and academic sector tend to use CVs rather than resumes as well. When you apply for an international, education, academic, scientific or research positions, even grants, a CV is surely a much better option, however in all other situations a resume can fit the bill just fine as well.
In conclusion, both the CV and resume are necessary for any professional looking for a job, in the end it all comes down to the job you want, where you are located and the requirements that job might have. Do try to add concise information or to the point info when needed, because at the end of the day this is what will matter the most!