Tips of Writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
This article covers (i) difference between a resume and curriculum vitae (ii) meaning of curriculum
vitae and resume (iii) when to use a curriculum vitae or a resume(iv) tips of writing a curriculum
vitae (v) what to include in a curriculum vitae (CV) (vi) what not to include in a CV, and (vii) samples
of curriculum vitae. Read on……………………………………………………..
Meaning of resume and curriculum vitae
Resume is a one to two page formal document that lists a job applicant's work experience, education and
skills whereas a curriculum vitae(CV) is a two or more formal document that gives a summary of a job
applicant's professional experience and educational background, along with other relevant information.
Difference between a resume and curriculum vitae
The differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are length, what is included, and
what each is used for. Whereas both are used in job applications, they are not always
When to Use A CV Instead Of a Resume
When to use a resume or curriculum vitae varies from country to country. For example, in United
States, a CV is used specifically when one is applying for education, academic, scientific,
fellowships or grants and in research positions. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia,
organizations would expect to receive curriculum vitae instead of a resume. It is advisable to
choose a CV format that is suitable for the position one is applying for. For example, when
applying for a fellowship position, one does not need to include personal information as the case
with international CV. Certain positions internationally or in the US may require submission of a
curriculum vitae rather than a resume. A CV should include more information than a resume. This
includes details of education and academic achievements, research, publications, awards and
Tips of Writing Curriculum Vitae
1. You need Several Versions of a CV. Do not write one CV and use it for every position
you apply for. You need to have targeted and focused versions of your curriculum vitae
and use them when need be.
2. Make It Short. Keep your CV short and concise. Include summaries of your
employment and education and do not put lot of details. Make sure you use simple
3. Tell the Truth. Do not make your educational qualifications or employment history to
sound a little better than they really are. The organization will catch you later when
they carry out your background checks.