CV vs Resume – Know the Difference!

Well of course! And most people are confused about the usage of the two. While they generally settle down by using these terms interchangeably, both certainly don’t indicate the same thing. By the time you are done reading this article, you will be well-versed with the difference between both the entities and their respective usage.



If we talk about the meaning of this French word, it says ‘to sum-up’. Hence it is a short document ranging from 1-2 pages and includes the basic information and work history in brief. Its objective is to make the candidate stand out of the competition. It is a highly customizable document and can be tailored according to the needs and demands of a specific post. It doesn’t necessarily have to be chronologically ordered and does not have to cover your whole professional experiences.


CV or Curriculum Vitae

This Latin word means ‘course of life’, and correspondingly it is an in-depth document which can spread across multiple pages. It is highly detailed and contains a great deal about education and achievements. Unlike in resume, it is mandatory to arrange its content in a chronological order. CV is static, and one doesn’t change it with positions.



For those of you who are still confused about what to include and what not to, in your Resumes and CVs, here is a quick checklist:


  • Resume
  1. Contact Details
  2. Objective (optional)
  3. Education
  4. Work Experience
  5. Skills
  6. Interests and Hobbies (optional)


  • CV (choices)
  1. Contact details and a brief biography
  2. Educational Qualifications
  3. Work History
  4. Achievements
  5. Positions of Responsibility
  6. Professional courses or training
  7. Research or lab experience
  8. Skills
  9. Certifications
  10. Scholarships or Fellowships
  11. International experiences
  12. Publications
  13. Awards and Honours
  14. References
  15. Hobbies, Interests and ECAs


The Difference

  1. Length

A resume is usually written on one page with an upper limit of two pages. While there is no predetermined length of a CV, it can range from two to even a double-digit page count.


  1. Layout

Resumes normally start with the candidate’s contact information and a career objective, proceeded by the education and experience section. At the end, there’s a skills section plus any section that the candidate needs.
(Remember to tailor your resume according to the job you are applying for)

On the other hand, a CV does not have any fixed layout. But, it should include education, work experience, publications, skills, interests, and awards. There should be a detailed description of as many relevant past jobs and achievements as you have.


– Team Leverage


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