The Difference between CV and Resume

 Many job seekers in PNG and the Pacific misapply the use of the terms Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Resume when they are making an applications for jobs or new positions.  It is vital that you understand the two terms as they have significant influence on the outcome of those applications made. 

The Difference between CV and Resume
The Difference between CV and Resume 

The take : CV is NOT the same as Resume. 

So what is  Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

CV refers to a full  profile of yourself. This includes your academic background. CVs are used by individuals seeking fellowships, grants, postdoctoral positions, and teaching/research positions in postsecondary institutions or high-level research positions in industry.

What is  a Resume? 

Resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience. In other words, resumes  include CVs and your skills and experiences. Sometimes it may include the cover letters, references etc. 

Applying for Jobs/Positions

It is recommended for job seekers should scan all your credentials/Documents into One Single Job File. Applicants must read carefully the instructions on the jobs advertised and what the advertiser wants. If the advertiser is asking for CV, then, you produce and CV but if they want Resume, you should know what to include here. 

Things to consider when submitting your CV or Resume for a job position. 

  • read carefully job descriptions and their requirements.
  • name your documents accurately (either CV or resume) 
  • Submit your application  by drop in/ courier/post mail or online (either online application or email).


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