CV or Resume? What’s The Difference?

One of the questions that a Recruitment Consultant is always asked is “What is a CV as opposed to a Resume?”

CV is an abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae, which is the Latin phrase meaning ‘course of life’ or career. They are usually longer than the traditional one or two-page resume and offer a complete history of work experience, significant contributions, and education. CVs are formal and comprehensive while resumes are brief. Professionals such as Doctors and Lawyers and those with careers in higher education are examples of professions that require a CV. CVs are also used when applying for internships, and many graduate programs. Sections within a CV can include published articles, presentations, awards, and teaching experience along with addenda of sample articles, research work, and other relevant contributions. Because your CV requires accurate and comprehensive career information, it should frequently be updated. Therefore; awards, journal articles, and other new accomplishments need to be added while the details are still fresh in your mind.

Which do I use in Thailand or abroad? CVs are the norm in most European countries and can differ from the standard American CV. Like American CVs, International CVs do require comprehensive information regarding work experience and education, but depending on the country, they may also require personal information such as birth date, marital status, number of dependents, health status, and a passport photo. Due to cultural differences, it is best to do your research or to consult an expert before preparing your International CV.

In Thailand, the American Resume is usually the most accepted, but CV depending on the profession you are in maybe better suited. Remember always to include a cover letter when submitting your CV. The cover letter can be compared to a brief “sales pitch” that focuses on how your qualifications and achievements can benefit the needs of a potential employer, organization, or particular research project.

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