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The difference between a CV and a resume

Steve Gilles
Aug 22
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I used to think it was two ways of saying the same thing.

I was wrong!


RESUME: briefly talks about your experience and should be tailored to the role you’re applying for.

CURRICULUM VITAE: (apparently Latin for ‘course of life’) goes into much more detail. You’d start off outlining your academic background then explaining your career history and achievements. You write a cover letter instead of tailoring your CV.

In software, all you need is a resume. Go for two pages when applying for jobs in Australia, ideally supplemented with an online presence (think Github profile, portfolio website).

All your resume needs to do is get you an interview. Once you’re in the interview, give them the verbal CV and try take cues from the interviewer on when to speed up / slow down.

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