CV vs Resume


When applying for jobs, you have to send your CV or resume to the company you’re applying for. Many people think CV and resume are the same thing - it is actually not (don't worry even companies get confused about this). In short, a CV is more suitable for academic purposes while a resume is suitable for getting a specific job. The word CV comes from latin words, Curriculum Vitae, shorten as CV it means the course of your life. A CV has no limit length and CV contains all of your education, job experiences, publications, and certificates etc. In contrast, a resume should not be longer than 2 pages. It should contain all education and work experience which is relevant for the job you are applying for - not more than that.

  • CV has no page length limit since it has to include all of the certifications, publications, awards etc not only personal information and work experience. Resume has a page length limit, it’s advisable to write a resume not longer than 2 pages.
  • CV shows the whole course of your career. Resume should only include your skills and job experience that is relevant to the job you are applying to.
  • CV is more suitable to be used for academic purposes such as applying for research programs and Ph.D. while resume is specifically used to apply for a job.
  • CV should include personal information, education, work experience, skills, award, publication, research or lab experience, training experience, memberships, books etc. Resume should include personal information, education, skills and work experience.
  • CV emphasizes academic accomplishments. Resume emphasizes skills and job experiences.

Example of CV


Example of resume


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