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Resume Vs. CV

Do you often interchange the words Curriculum Vitae, Resume, or Bio data? Well, there are many who consider these words to be synonym and thus make random use. But beware! Doing this mistake can hamper your selection possibilities and make you disappointed. So, before you go for your next interview make sure that you know the difference among all three and so that you can use the words wisely. The best part is to learn that, you do not have to take much pain, just scroll down the mouse and there you are:


Resume is a word from French origin that means ‘summary’. So, when the recruiter asks you to give a resume then that means he is interested in the summary of your employment, education, and skills that are relevant to the job position, which you are applying for. Ideally, a resume should not exceed one side of A4 sheet, and at the most both the side; but not more than that.

Resume Tips:

  • To keep your resume precise, avoid mentioning all those details which are not relevant to this job position. This also means that you should customize your resume targeting the job position.
  • Resume serves its purpose at the best in bullet form.
  • It is better to write your resume in third person.
  • Start with brief summary of qualification, then bullet the keywords for area of expertise, your key strengths followed by professional experience in reverse chronology.
  • Keep your focus upon recent experiences and your can summarize past experiences.
  • Never mention details like age, sex, religion, or hobbies.
  • Avoid using fancy fonts in your resume
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What is the aim of resume?

A resume aims to provide a balance of responsibilities & accomplishments for each position to the recruiter.

CV or Curriculum Vitae

CV or Curriculum Vitae is a word from Latin origin and it means “Course of life”. Thus when you are asked for CV by a recruiter or hiring agency, then you have to mention the details about your education as well as professional life. Your CV can be of 2-3 pages or even more as per the details.

CV Tips:

List all the skills, jobs degrees, & professional affiliations the applicant has acquired, usually in chronological order.

What is the aim of CV?

Your CV should display your talent rather than any other specific skill for specific job position.

Bio Data

Bio Data means Biographical Data, and is now considered an old fashion word for both resume as well as CV. Generally, in bio-data, the emphasis has to be on personal details like D.O.B, religion, sex, race, nationality, residence, marital status, and similar details. Other than this, chronological list of education & experience is to be mentioned.

Also, Bio Data is a term that is generally used in India only and that too mostly for government jobs and research work where one requires to give descriptive details.

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Hope you have now understood the prime difference among the three and next time when you’ll go for your interview, you’ll pick your bio data, CV, or resume precisely.

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