By On Oct 05, 2018 Free Resume
We hear this question all the time. And based on how similar the above definitions above are, it’s easy to see why there might be some confusion. The main difference between a resume and CV is the length and amount of detail. A resume layout and its content is meant to be selective and concise. That means one page (maximum three for senior roles). By contrast, a CV outlines your entire educational and professional history, along with major accomplishments, publications, and other credentials, so it is almost always more than two pages in length. In general, a resume is used when applying for jobs in the private sector, whereas a CV is used for jobs in the public sector, especially academia. We’ve developed a separate guide so you can learn more about the differences and see a comparison of resume samples and CV samples.
Keep in mind that you have limited space on a resume, so you will need to be selective about what you want to emphasize. The easiest way to decide what to include is to base the content of your resume off of keywords the recruiter wants to see. Your ability to use these strategic keywords will determine whether or not you are invited for an interview. Our guide to resume keywords offers plenty of examples to follow. One more consideration is that you want to avoid leaving any gaps in employment on your resume. If one of your previous jobs doesn’t seem applicable and it came between two relevant roles, you still need to list it. But you don’t have to describe it in great detail.
When applying for a job, consider the employer’s standpoint. He or she wants to know “Why should we hire you?” A resume goes a long way towards answering this question, but it isn’t the only step. First, you have to encourage a recruiter to actually review your resume. This is the purpose of a cover letter. Assume that the potential employer will read your cover letter first and your resume second. The letter is an introduction to who you are and why you are the best fit for the position. Therefore, your letter offers a preview of your resume by providing a few of its highlights.
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