Resume

Resume comes from the French word, “resume”, meaning to sum up. This is usually crisp and focuses on your skills.
A resume is a precise description of your career that can be covered in under 2 pages. It is always concise and talks only the specifics as necessary. It is about your work experience and showcases your proficiency. Once the recruiter goes through it, the recruiter knows what you bring to the table in terms of employable skills.

Curriculum Vitae

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) which means course of life in Latin. In-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc.
The document tends to be organised sequentially and should make it easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions, the difference would be in the cover letter.

Differences

As stated, three major differences between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose and the layout. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter.
A CV has a clear sequential order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.

Element

CV

RESUME

Length

Can go beyond 2-3 pages.

Maximum up to 2 pages

Focus

On career

On professional skills.

Contact details

Multiple ways can be mentioned

Mainly phone number & email is sufficient

Skills

Certifications in sequential order

Skills with highest proficiency are prioritised

Work details

Mentions detailed work experience

Mentions designation,duration, & firm mainly

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