Differences Between Resumes and CVs

Topic/Area Résumés CV's
Accomplishments State accomplishments and transferable skills that pertain to your job target. Avoid stating accomplishments - use credentials, and selectively use headings which will showcase the attractive features of your work. CV's are based more on credentials than performance.
Education Usually used as an adjunct to a work history and, except for recent graduates, is placed at the end. Dates of degrees are usually not stated. An essential feature of the CV: Degrees and credentials must be described in detail, and dates of degrees should always be stated.
Chronology Important! Experience should always be in reverse chronological order with all time covered. One chronology per resume is almost always the rule. Experience should be in reverse chronological order, but there may be chronologies for various headings; therefore, time coverage is not quite as important as on a resume.
Appearance and Length Important! The first page must grab the reader's attention, and the most important information should be able to be found and read in ten seconds flat! Hardly ever longer than two pages. Important! The first page must grab the reader's attention, but it should also entice him/her to spend the time to read it through. Depending upon experience, it can be much longer than two pages.
How Useful for Career Changers Quite useful: A resume allows for the flexibility to adapt your skills to new career tracks using a functional or a reverse chronological format. Not very useful: While headings can be arranged to somewhat direct the information to a different career track, a CV is predicated upon formal education which is applicable to your job target.
Summary Statement
(Job Objective)
A summary statement is always used, informing the employer of what your target is and what you have to offer in terms of skills that are attractive to the employer, as well as accomplishments. A summary statement is never used. Education is always listed just below the name and address. Occasionally, a job objective is used, but only if the goal is different than an employer would expect.
Headings A more or less standard set of ordered headings, with several optional headings available. A standard set of headings, with some variance in the order, and with more optional ones available to allow for a more individualized and tailored document.

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