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What’s the Difference Between CV and Resume? 15 Resume Templates Free for Download

Time to apply for that new job to start your career, and application requirement includes you to send them your CV. Well you have your resume with you and thinks it’s just as the same and sends them anyway. Now HR didn’t call you. What could have gone wrong? Maybe you didn’t follow what is required.

Wikipedia Time!

What is CV?

Curriculum vitae is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life. In current usage, curriculum is less marked as a foreign loanword. Traditionally the word vitae is rendered in English using the ligature æ, hence vitæ, although this convention is less common in contemporary practice.

The plural of curriculum vitae, in Latin, is formed following Latin rules of grammar as curricula vitae, and is used along with curricula vitarum, both of which are debated as being more grammatically correct than the other.

In English, the plural of the full expression curriculum vitae is seldom used; the plural of curriculum on its own is usually written as “curricula”, rather than the traditional curriculums.

What is a Résumé

A résumé , also spelled resume, is a document used by a person to present their backgrounds and skills. Résumés can be used for a variety of reasons, but most often they are used to secure new employment. A typical résumé contains a “summary” of relevant job experience and education, as its French origin (and its translation into Spanish as “resumen”) implies. The résumé is usually one of the first items, along with a cover letter and sometimes an application for employment, which a potential employer sees regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview.

The curriculum vitae (CV) used for employment purposes in the UK (and in other European countries) is more akin to the résumé—a shorter, summary version of one’s education and experience—than to the longer and more detailed CV that is expected in U.S. academic circles. Generally, the résumé is substantially shorter than a CV in English Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

So what’s the difference?

So we dug further more through the world wide web and according to theundercoverrecruiter.com:

As stated, three major differences between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose and the layout. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter.

A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.

Let’s revise:

CV – long, covers your entire career, static
Resume – short, no particular format rule, highly customisable

How often should I update?

Pro tip: As often as possible. You would never know when that employer from your dream job would come in and ask for your resume. And by that time, you may not have the time to recall all your achievements in life, or even update your skills tree.

Now that we get it all cleared up, it’s time to create one through these free templates available from around the world wide web. Some Photoshop and Illustrator skills required.



Fernando Baez



Fernando Baez 2



Abdullah Al Mamun



Tamzid Hasan



Saptarshi Nath



Ayoob Ullah



Patryk Korycki



Julio A Ramirez De Freitas



Imran Khan



Clement Loyer



Platea Studio



Ikono Me



Anjan Rhuda Paul



Mohammad Al Omayer



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22 thoughts on “What’s the Difference Between CV and Resume? 15 Resume Templates Free for Download

  1. Those are some great examples. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t updated my cv in years now. I’m still at the same job so I never quite felt the need to update it. I should do it though.

  2. I have always been confused on this!! Thank you so much for this post, I will be referring to it frequently for a reference!

  3. i was just talking to my friend about this, because we were arguing about the difference between a resume and CV. and now i can totally tell her look, i was right. hahaha.

  4. I swear I didnt know there was a difference I thought they were used interchangeably. I am not in coroporate America anymore but good to know!

  5. This is so informative especially for someone just entering or re-entering the work force. I know I could use it when I go to redo my resume.

  6. Resumes have come a long way since I last did mine! I’ve been working for myself for so long that I havnt done one in years! Great post very informative.

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