Aug 22, 2018 - 01:59 PM
If you're new to the job market, you may want to know what a CV or resume is and, more importantly, what's the difference. Both CVs and resumes are documents that give employers a brief overview of your skills, accomplishments, and work experience. Both are formal marketing tools that communicate your value to prospective employers. That said, the documents are not interchangeable, and there is a time and a place for each.
U.S. employers generally like to see resumes over CVs. Resumes should be only a single page in length and include specific sub-headers, including Professional Summary, Qualifications, Job Experience, and Education. When creating a resume, you only want to illuminate your most relevant accomplishments and skill sets. Forgo any and all information that is not relevant and experience from more than 10 years ago.
CVs are also very rigid documents, but unlike resumes, which should not exceed two pages in length (on the outside), CVs can be two, six, or even 12 pages long, depending on your professional accomplishments. According to The Muse, CVs are only necessary for aspiring academics and those who wish to work abroad, though you should have one handy just in case.