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The Difference Between a CV and Resume

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CV vs Resume:

Your CV is a document that sells you in the blink of an eye, like any good brochure for any product. Take a school brochure, for example, when a school announces the service it provides with a brochure, you will see the beautiful classroom, the computer room, their laboratory equipped, their feeding system and transport.

I’m pretty sure they will not show you pictures of their trash can, their cupboard, and other useless things.

Using the example of the school brochure, you wonder what makes it so good? It works because it is well designed, highlights the key points in a concise manner, and describes the venue in a compelling and professional format to show you how all facilities can be made available to you.

CV vs Resume


Curriculum Vitae!

CV (Curriculum Vitæ, which means the course of life in Latin) is a detailed document that can be laid out on two or more pages. It contains a great deal of detail of your achievements, much more than a career biography. , The CV contains the following


  • Biodata
  • Summary of your Educational and Academic Background
  • Work Experience and Skillset
  • Special Achievements
  • Publications, awards, and affiliations
  • Objectives
  • Hobbies and References
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Generally, this format stands most certainly in Europe also in Africa or Asia.

There is no hard and fast rule, but in my opinion, no matter where you live, a two-page document will cover all eventualities. And yes, despite what you think, a two-page document will be enough for most people, even those with a long and complex career.


The term resume or “résumé” is a French word that means “to summarize”. That’s why you use a Resume to summarize your job-related achievements and your work experience.

Resume is a term more commonly used in the United States and, like C.V, it is a two-page document. In the United States, however, they are more likely to tolerate shorter documents than longer traditional documents, as we know. So, a page resume is common.

But if someone has too much basic information relevant to the job, or perhaps a discipline-related search, a longer document may be accepted and probably needed. In the United States, they call this document C.V.

You can call them interchangeable if you do not fit in the technical category, two sides will be perfectly acceptable as long as it looks good.

The difference

there are many ways to differentiate between a CV and Resume. Let’s go through them bits by bits

  1.  The purpose of the Documents, just as I explained earlier before, Resume mainly contains Job Experience which makes them fit for Job application while CV can be used for Internships and Scholarships
  2. Length: A resume is usually a two pages summary of your career life while CV can go higher than that
  3. Format
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Key Takeaway 

One thing to keep in mind is that the term “CV” has different meanings outside the US.

In European Union countries, the term “CV” is equal to the American “resume.” So, when you apply for a job in Greece, the UK, or Denmark, your potential employer will ask you for a CV.

And that means they want to see your resume. You can even use the same resume templates and layouts as you would use for your American resume. That’s also true for New Zealand.

One of the main differences you may encounter is that some EU employers would like to see photos in your resume.

For example, in Germany, Poland, Greece, Italy or Portugal, you want to include your photo in your CV. German and Polish employers are waiting for photos. In Portugal, your photo is more optional.

Otherwise, there is not much difference between EU CVs and US Resume. The rule of thumb is to check the CV requirement in the country of your choice.

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This is because you will notice small differences between countries. For example, European employers prefer hobbies on a CVs and UK employers expect you to see your reference.

In other parts of the world, the term “CV” retains its American meaning.

For example, an Indian employer may ask you for a curriculum vitae or resume. If they request for a resume, they want a report on your education, work history, education, achievements, activities, affiliations, and publications.

If you are applying for a job in the United States, you almost never need to make a resume. Instead, you want to know how to create a resume.

But knowing the answer to the CV vs. RESUME question is a working knowledge. Especially if you travel or work abroad and hear the terms used differently.

I hope this article clarified the differences between CVs and Resume. If you are not sure yet, leave us a comment. We answer all your Resumes and CV your questions.




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