What is the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV)?

Curriculum vitae (CV) in Latin means “course of life.”

A CV is a detailed document, usually two or more pages in length, that describes your education, career, achievements, publications, awards, and honors in great detail.

Curriculum Vitae Sample

The order of a CV is chronological and will give readers a complete overview of your career.

People typically don’t modify their CV for a particular position. Rather, they draft a cover letter matching their skills and achievements to a particular role.

A resume, in contrast, is usually not longer than a page and is typically tailored to fit the particular role for which a person is applying.

A resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements, customized to fit a particular role.

How do you get started on a resume?