Curriculum Vitae, CV and Resume Formats
The Curriculum Vitae, CV or Resume?
That is the question!
A Curriculum Vitae - Latin for "course of life", is most often called CV.
The CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US and Canada).
When you are seeking a faculty, research, clinical or scientific positions you should use Curriculum Vitae.
Americans and Canadians use resumes internally and CVs in international job search (external to the US or Canada).
A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education.
You can turn your updated resume into a Curriculum Vitae by adding relevant detailed information and expanding the descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.
The major difference between a CV and resume is in they lengths. Usually, the standard CV is between 2 and 8 pages long where the standard resume is between 1 and 2 pages long. Check this academic Curriculum Vitae example.
Whereas resumes are a reflection of your main accomplishments only, CVs are detailed accounts of your education and work experience to date.
Applying for a job abroad differs from country to country. Therefore, if you want your job applications to be taken seriously, you must consider national differences correctly.
Generally, most information referring to resumes is applicable to CVs and vice versa. However, you should be aware that there might be subtle conventions associated with the international job application process within different countries.
Regardless of the format you choose the focus of your Curriculum Vitae should be to persuade the employer to invite you for an interview. Therefore these pages contain guidelines that will improve the odds of your Curriculum Vitae achieving the objective you want - obtaining job interviews.
- Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your CV.
- Maximizes your ability to get hits.
|France||United Kingdom||India||United Arab Emirates|
|Italy||SOUTH AMERICA||Pakistan||South Africa|
As you can see from the above table the majority of countries, except the Canada and the USA use CVs instead of resumes. For China, Japan, South Africa and New Zealand it is a matter of semantics - the both names, a resume and a CV are being used synonymously.
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We strongly recommend that you send your Curriculum Vitae with a cover letter. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:
- "fill in the blanks" computer software or
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Good luck with your Curriculum Vitae!