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What's the difference between a CV and Résumé?

A CV represents in-depth and structured information about your professional experience and qualifications where as a résumé portrays the same information but in a very short form.

Because of this difference, a CV is normally two or three pages long whereas a résumé doesn’t normally exceed one page.

What are the main features of a CV?

  • A CV is a list of all your achievements until the date that it is submitted with the latest achievements first.

  • Ideally two pages in length but can go up to five pages

  • A CV includes everything that you have done and can be classified as works outside of the home. This can include voluntary and honorary positions.

  • A CV is structured systemically and generally in a specific order.

  • A CV is normally accompanied by a cover letter
  • A CV can be written is four different styles:
    • A Functional CV focuses on your skills, abilities and expertise. Usually two pages in length, it covers your entire career history.
    • A Targeted CV is career focused towards a particular objective within a specific industry or company. It highlights skills, qualifications and experience that matches the requirement of the position.

    • A Performance CV highlights job titles and company names, starting with the most recent jobs and working backwards. You begin with an achievements section which highlights impressive achievements that make you stand out from other candidates. Under each job title, you should list your responsibilities in the role.

    • An Alternative CV uses an original and eye catching format to portray your creativity. If you are applying for creative jobs, then presenting your CV in an interesting format such as an advert or as a story can make you stand out compared to other candidates.

    • A Student/Graduate CV highlights your qualifications first. If you don’t have any work experience, then use relevant coursework to portray the skills you’d use in the specific job.

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What are the main features of a résumé?

  • A résumé is a very precise brief document that represents your key skills and main achievements at a glance.

  • A résumé normally shouldn’t exceed the length of a page.

  • A résumé only contains information that is relevant to the job you are applying for.

  • A résumé is normally presented without a cover letter as the aim of a résumé is fast processing.

  • There are four different formats of résumé:
    • A chronological résumé starts by listing your work history with the most recent first

    • A functional résumé emphasises skills and abilities rather than chronology

    • A combination résumé lists your skills and experiences first, then your employment history next. This enables you to highlight the skills that are relevant for the job you are applying for whilst still providing a chronological work history that employers prefer.

    • A targeted résumé specifically highlights the experience and skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
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