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Resume vs Curriculum Vitae

How Does Resume Differ From Curriculum Vitae?

Curriculum Vitae and Resumes have more in common than the fact that both are both used in job applications. Notable of the similarity is the fact that both are written with the same intent of stating the facts about the applicant such as their education, work experience, skills and accomplishments. Their main difference however is on the facts they present.

Whereas a resume is a brief summary of the individual’s work history, educational attainment and all the relevant skills and accomplishment pertaining the job being applied for, the Curriculum Vitae bear all the information of an individual irrespective of whether is vital for the job under review or not. Such information pertains to their education, employment, achievements and skills, organizations or affiliations, licenses and commendations/references. A list of previous work experiences and elaborated job descriptions are also given. A C.V therefore allows the individuals to elaborate their oldest achievement or awards for good work in the past. Other information also found on the resume is on training and seminars attended. It therefore follows that a C.V is longer than a Resume. Whereas the individual may be required to create several resume for different positions or different companies the resume is the same.

The standard requirement of a resume is that it be concise and relevant to the position being applied written with the needs of the prospective company or employer at mind. In this way, unnecessary achievements or skills must be avoided since inclusion of such would rather give to the resume an impression of audacity. This also goes for personal l details which should be limited to residence address, contact details, date of birth, civil status and nationality.

Unlike the resume, the Curriculum Vitae depict a lot of details of a person’s personal life containing even the voluntary work and social affiliations of the applicant. It is this particular feature(s) of the Curriculum Vitae that makes it a favorite with the employers in the in industries of academics, medicine, scientific and overseas employers because they prefer to know each applicant thoroughly.

Curriculum Vitae are longer than Resumes because they contain every detail of an individual such as education, employment, achievements and skills even the organizations or affiliations, licenses and commendations one has had. All previous work experiences must be properly listed with elaborated job descriptions. One can in curriculum vitae elaborate the oldest achievement and award they have  received in the past. All trainings and seminars attended are likewise listed in the Curriculum Vitae.

Resume by standard should be concise and relevant to the position being applied. It should be tailored to fit the requirement of the prospective company or employer. No unnecessary achievements or skills must be mention because it would rather gain an impression of audacity. Personal details in Resume are likewise limited to residence address, contact details, date of birth, civil status and nationality.