The Difference Between a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Resume

The Difference Between a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Resume

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    Question: Curriculum Vitae vs. Resume? What is the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume?

    Answer: The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included, and what each is used for. While both are used in job applications, a resume and a CV are not always interchangeable.

    A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience, and education.

    While a resume is brief and concise — no more than a page or two — a curriculum vitae is longer (at least two pages) and provides a more detailed synopsis.

    A curriculum vitae includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, and other details. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may expect to receive a curriculum vitae.

    In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

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    Unbreen Fatima
    Broadcast Journalist from Pakistan. Currently associated with DW as Freelance Correspondent. Several years of experience as a journalist in radio, newspaper, online and TV journalism.


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