A CV is latin for “curriculum vitae,” which loosely translated means “the course of my life.” In the UK and most commonwealth countries, it is used as a resume is used in North America. In North America, a CV is used in academic and medical careers as a replacement to a resume. It is more comprehensive than a resume, and includes details on education, publications, and other achievements. A CV generally does not change based on the job requirements, whereas a resume does.
A CV is typically used for:
A resume is a short document (usually 1-2 pages) that summarizes a persons’ work history, skills, and education in relation to a job they are applying for. It is a highly customizable document used specifically to get a job.
As you can tell, the documents are very similar. Both are used in the context of people seeking to present themselves to potential employers.
The main difference between a resume and a CV is the length, and how targeted the document is for a specific job.
We use CV and resume interchangeably at VisualCV because our platform is flexible - You can create a short resume for a job application, or a CV with all of your work history using the VisualCV platform. We invite you to give it a try today!