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So you want to apply for a job and now know the difference between a CV and a Résumé but still wondering what goes into each one? Have no worries as we have got you covered!

Based on the descriptions of a resume and a CV, their 3 main differences can be identified as follows:

1. Length – The résumé is a summary and shorter in length and is usually submitted as a 1-page document. However, the CV is a highly-detailed account of your life experiences. It is like a living document and will continue to grow in length as you gain more experience and build your expertise.

2. Purpose – The purpose of the résumé is to tailor your qualifications and experiences according to the specific requirements of the job position. With the CV, it is used for positions that need high levels of achievements in the academia. A CV is a primary document required for teaching positions and research.

3. Lay Out – The layout of the résumé is flexible. Although the reverse-chronological format is the most widely accepted, you could switch to functional or combination formats if warranted. The layout of the CV is static. It will not change at all.

Despite these 3 main differences, both the résumé and the CV share a few characteristics:

1. Structure – Both the résumé and CV must be readable and structured in a professional manner. You would best be advised to maintain a simple but more focused look to either document:

  • Use only appropriate font styles such as Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica and Arial.
  • Use font size 12 to 14.
  • Keep a single space margin between lines.
  • Maintain a 1″ margin all around; use ‘Print Preview’ to be sure format is printable.
  • Left Aligned is preferred

2. Clear Specifications

Companies may demand specific formats or templates to be followed. Before writing your resume or CV, thoroughly review the post and check if there is a template to be used. Also, you should substantiate accomplishments in work, school and in related activities with facts and figures. For the CV, you must be thorough when providing details on publications you made. Provide links, dates and other information relevant to your body of work.

3. Grammatical Errors

There is no excuse for misspelt words and other grammatical errors! Forget what you have heard on the streets of twitter! Some employers will push your document aside for little mistakes like this. So, before submitting your résumé or CV, always review and double-check for grammatical errors and misspelt words. Go the extra step by having a trusted friend or associate review it for an honest assessment and evaluation.

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