What is the difference between the CV and Resume

While many of us use the word ‘Resume’ and ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (CV) and think that both the words are same, but there is a difference between these two documentation words.

All over the world including India, the employer asks the potential employees for the CV while applying for a job position. While both the documentation work is used in the job application process but there is a difference in what the contents of each should be.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae is the course of the life of the person


A resume is the brief summary of the skills and achievements of the person.

The difference between these two documentation words are:

  • CV is detailed documentation, and a Resume is up to the point.
  • A CV is longer documentation than a Resume. Usually, a CV is normally two or more pages long while a Resume is only one-page long.
  • A CV can contain some information about the other facets of the life such as extracurricular activities and hobbies. A Resume strictly contains the information which is relevant to the job.

While applying for the two different jobs the CV could be same, but the Resume has to be different while highlighting the different achievements in different cases.

A resume will contain the following kind of information:

  • Name and Contact Information: The residential address might be the most appropriate, especially if the person does not want their current employer to know that the person is looking for another job.
  • Education: A complete detailed listing of the degrees or certifications and educational institutions or programs.
  • Work Experience: The names of the companies or organizations that the person have worked for, the location of each company, the time duration, the job title, duties and the roles performed should be there in the work experience.


A CV will contain the following kind of information:

  • Name and Contact Information: The contact information for the current institution or place of employment may work best, unless if the person does not want their colleagues to know that you are hunting for a job.
  • Areas of Interest: A complete listing of the various academic interests should be there.
  • Education: A list of the degrees the person get or in progress, institutions, and years of graduation. The candidate may also include the titles of their dissertation here.
  • Grants, Honors, and Awards: A complete detailed list of grants received, honors bestowed upon the work, and awards that the candidates have received for teaching or service.
  • Publications and Presentations: A list of the published articles and books, as well if any presentations given at conferences or any meetings. If there are many of both, the candidate should have to make one section for presentations and another for publications.
  • Experience and Employment: This section may include separate lists of teaching experiences, laboratory experiences, on field experiences, volunteer work, leadership, or any other relevant experiences.
  • Scholarly or Professional Memberships: A complete listing of the professional organizations of which the candidate is the member. If they have held an office or position in a particular enterprise or organization, so they can either write here in this section or leave this information for the experience section.

“This is not just a resume, but the evolution of passion throughout the years of diligent work on the way to becoming an expert”.

Written By: Udit

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