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Many students get confused with CV & resume as they look like the same type of document but actually, there is some good difference between CV and resume.
Sometimes many students form a misconception about CV & resume. For several years, many students tend to think that they refer to the very same piece of document & CV is just the synonym of resume! But as time progresses, a lot of documents & analysis are studied, the fact is revealed that there is difference between CV & resume & they are not the very same document. So what is it? let’s see:
A CV is a document that contains the educational qualifications along with other skills & experiences that define or qualify a person to progress in their career. It is the instrument that all students must be equipped with when they are completing their graduation. This is the first tool through which a person is initially measured when applied for a job.
A resume is the summary of the work experiences mainly along with other relevant topics like skills or achievements that serve the need for a particular job. Both are used by job seekers to secure a suitable job.
There are certain similarities between a CV & a resume, like both are formal documents made with great care & dreams. Both of them contain the achievements of persons. Sometimes little or no differentiation is made & a CV serves the purpose of a resume.
Although a CV & a resume are used for similar purposes, there remains scope of difference between CV & resume. What are those? let’s find it out.
|Point of differentiations||CV||Resume|
|Objective||Used for entry level jobs mainly.||Used for mid level & upper level jobs where experience is important more than other issues.|
|Contents||It contains personal details, family background, career objective, educational background in details, extracurricular activities, hobbies, strengths, workshops or seminars attended, training received & previous job experience (if any) etc.||It contains mainly personal profiles followed by the job experiences in details with types & tenure of position held in organizations etc.|
|Customization||It is mainly less customized & more standardized as there is an order followed like from most recent to more far in the past.||It is more customized as the experiences matter, no particular order is followed. Those things should come to the front that has direct relevance with the job applied for.|
|Use in practice||It is widely used in maximum places in the world as a detailed CV contains all the experiences so; it serves the need of a resume as well.||A resume is still not appropriately used & sought for even where it is needed, many organizations throughout the world prefer a CV more than a resume.|
|Length||It gets a bit lengthy as it covers all aspects of a graduate, like education, strengths, hobbies, extra-curricular activities, seminar or workshop attended etc. in detail.||It’s not generally lengthy as a lot of things are not mandatory to present here. Only details of relevant job experience need to be highlighted.|
So, in spite of having similarities, there is a subtle difference between CV & resume too. The purpose is the same but the writing style is different in a CV & a resume.