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CV vs Resume

Do you know the difference between a Resume and a CV? I didn’t even know there was a difference, I simply thought they were two interchangeable names. It turns out there is a difference!


Both are important and both are necessary.


A Resume is a short current snapshot tailored so it is RELEVANT to the position you are applying for.


A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a longer document detailing ALL your positions over time… its’ your curriculum.


Your CV lists your entire work history, you keep adding to it, it can be pages in length, depending on how long you have worked and how many roles you have had.


My clients know that I encourage them keep their CV’s up to date. When you have a win in the workplace, capture it on your CV in real time. Your CV is the place to note your strengths, and key points of each position.


The best time to update your CV is when you are preparing for a Performance Review. Then, when it is time to apply for a new position, you can pick and choose from your CV to create your Resume.


Resumes are ONE PAGE and must grab the readers’ attention.


These days the first reader may not be a human. It might be an ATS – Application Tracking System (arrghhh!! 🤖). Therefore, only include your must haves vs nice to haves.


Real estate on your Resume is at a premium. Only put RELEVANT information on it and don’t repeat experience. To save space say “References on request”.


Of course, include your unique selling point, written as 2 or 3 dot points, or a statement.


Don’t write in the first or third person. No “I” blah blah blah.., or “Belinda” blah blah blah. I was guilty of this before I knew better.


Be as specific as possible with numbers, growth, skills and your overall statement.


Even if the advertisement asks for your CV send in your Resume. Some recruiters don’t even know the difference… and now you do!