CVs: An Introduction

A warm welcome to my fellow Bisons. Have you ever been in a situation where you are applying for a job and you see they are asking for a CV instead of a resume? Well, it’s a common mistake to upload Resumes in place of CVs because it feels like there isn’t much of a difference, but let me tell you this, they do have subtle differences which makes them quite unique.

                                 Resumes                  CV or Curriculum Vitae
They are a representation of the skills, education, objective which you write to apply to the jobs in the industry.Technically the Latin word translates to course of (one’s) life. So, a CV is an account of a persons education, career journey but with an addition of inclusion of their summary and also the academic research or papers which they have published.
They are supposed to be as long as 1 page or complete 2 pages. In some cases if you are an experienced professional, you might be able to have more than 2 pages which could cover an array of work experiences which you’ve had before.  They could easily extend for more than 2 pages based on the experiences of the person.
You can use a resume to apply for jobs in the industries or even government agencies.It is important to note that a cv is mainly required when a person is applying to a grad school or for a job in academia or fellowships and grants.
You can never add references to this.It also gives you the flexibility to be able to add a list of references in your CV while you cannot do the same in your resume.
This goes for both of these: Never use any templates online to make them as the company system rejects it instantly. Always make it from scratch in MS Word.

In the next version of the blog, I would talk about tips to writing a CV. Finally will end this with GO BISON 😊

By Dibyanshu Tibrewal
Dibyanshu Tibrewal Career Mentor