Curriculum vitae Vs Resume


While going for a job interview, almost every person these days is required to produce a brief  stating about him/her, the education qualifications and a history of achievements and even work experiences. Nobody has the time to sit and listen to these things unless asked otherwise. This is where a curriculum vitae or a resume comes in. These both state the persons history of education and other particulars that are required to get through a job interview efficiently. However, it is also a lesser known fact that these two differ from each other and can create a confusion if either of the one has been asked to produce. Let us take a look at how a CV and a Resume are different.

Curriculum Vitae:

– More than a career biography, it is a detailed overview of one’s own life achievements. CVs tend to provide comprehensive understanding of a person’s profile academically. Curriculum Vitae in Latin means “Course of life”, which is enough to sum it up.

– For a beginner, i.e. a person freshly out a graduate school, a CV may be one to two pages but for a person who has worked for years in different fields or research, the CV can easily go up to a ten pages or more.

– The document here needs to be organized in a chronological order, starting right from school education till date and should be able to easily give a full overview of the persons career. It remains static, where new achievements and/or qualifications are added as and when they come up.

– A curriculum vitae also includes the honors, awards, publications and presentations.

– A typical CV should include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Areas of interest
  • Education including the relevant years. May also include titles of dissertation or thesis
  • Grants, awards and honors
  • Publications and presentations
  • Employment and experience
  • Scholarly or professional memberships
  • References or recommendations



– A resume is a brief document which is no longer than one page and aims at making the individual stand out from others in the competition.

– It changes from the shift in every job and is tailored to the needs of the specific job application and highlights only the key aspects of the career.

– Resumes do not require the information to be arranged chronologically and also do not require the specific dates/years of the whole career.

– It is a highly customizable document.

– A typical CV should include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Listing of education in terms of degrees or certifications and educational institutions or programs
  • Work experience

Knowing the difference between a CV and a resume is important especially for students who are freshly out of graduate schools. It is important to realize that these both stand in their own place and are equally important.


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