CV, Curriculum Vitae and Resume Formats

CV, Curriculum Vitae or resume? - That is the question!

 A CV is an abbreviation of Curriculum Vitae - Latin for "course of life".

CVs are used in job search process in all countries around the world except the USA and Canada.

Americans and Canadians use CV in international job search overseas and a Curriculum Vitae if they are seeking a faculty, research, clinical or scientific positions internally and internationally.

In a great degree the CV is equivalent of a resume.

The major difference between 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.

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 CV by adding relevant detailed information and expanding the descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.

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 application 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 .

There are various formats of CV writing: functional CV, chronological CV, keyword CV, creative and targeted CV to name some.

Nevertheless, whichever CV you chose, it must be targeted and scannable because it:

  • Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your CV.
  • Maximizes your ability to get hits.

Regardless of the CV format you choose the focus of your CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for an interview. Therefore these pages contain guidelines that will improve the odds of your CV achieving the objective you want - obtaining job interviews.

EUROPE Romania Peru MIDDLE EAST
Austria Russia Uruguay Israel
Belgium Slovakia Venezuela Kuwait
Cyprus Spain ASIA Oman
Czech Republic Sweden Bangladesh Qatar
Denmark Switzerland China Saudi Arabia
Finland Ukraine Hong Kong Turkey
France United Kingdom India United Arab Emirates
Germany NORTH AMERICA Indonesia AFRICA
Greece Canada Japan Kenya
Hungary Mexico Korea Nigeria
Ireland United States Malaysia Morocco
Italy SOUTH AMERICA Pakistan South Africa
Liechtenstein Argentina Philippines PACIFIC
Luxembourg Bolivia Singapore Australia
Malta Brazil Taiwan New Zealand
Netherlands Chile Thailand CARIBBEAN
Norway Colombia Vietnam Dominican Republic
Poland Ecuador   Puerto Rico
Portugal Paraguay   Virgin Islands

As you can see from the above table the majority of countries, except Canada and the USA use CVs instead of resumes. For China, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa it is a matter of semantics - the both names, a resume and a CV are being used synonymously.


art_remember CV, Curriculum Vitae or resumeRemember, whichever CV you chose, it must be targeted and scannable because:

  • Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your CV.
  • Maximizes your ability to get hits.

art_tip CV, Curriculum Vitae or ResumeIf you have a difficulty with your CV writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

We are strongly recommending that you send your CV together with a cover letter.

art_tip CV, Curriculum Vitae or ResumeIf you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing try use:

Other CV Info

Now to finalize your job search, if your cover letter and CV are ready, you may email them through international job search engines to job recruiters and headhunters worldwide.

Start preparing for job interviews and check the job interview tips do's and don'ts. Also, find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on job search, visas, work permits, cover letters, CV / resume, job interview and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your CV!

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