Curriculum Vitae (CV) vs Resume

What is the difference between a CV and Resume, and do you need one as a professional within the job market?

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So you're in the job market and you discover advertisements for Curriculum Vitae (CV) services. You naturally start to wonder -

  • What is a CV?

  • How does it differentiate from a Resume?

  • Do I need a CV?

Our objective at Pedigree is to eliminate complexity whenever possible. Here is a quick cheat sheet for your convenience!

How is a Resume different from a CV?


  • Length: 1 - 2 pages

  • Objective: A summary document tailored to your job application

  • Summary of Accomplishments and Experiences

  • Chronological order of Work History and Tenures

  • Summary of your Skills and Education

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Length: 2 - 12 pages

  • Objective: An extensive document "Master Resume" in descriptive language

  • Description of Accomplishments and Experiences

  • Chronological order of Work History and Tenures

  • Enumeration of your Skills

  • Enumeration of Accolades

  • Description of Education

Should you have a CV?

Yes, it's advantageous to maintain a Master Resume or CV that includes all career related accomplishments and information. Not only will this help you more easily tailor your Resume to custom job applications, but you will also have a full CV available should you ever require it.

When to use a CV?

CV's are most common within the European Union and in Academia, however you will know when to employ your CV by the job requisition. When in doubt you can always ask the hiring manager which document they would prefer.

How can Pedigree help?

The Pedigree Pro 360º Formula is a proprietary system designed to eliminate the complexity and irrelevancy within career pursuits. It is a complete system for achieving career success, including six strategical milestones to accelerate your life. Still have questions about our process? See our FAQ section for more details.

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