I often get hammered when I say that in Australia these terms are used interchangeably.
So when Susan Wareham McGrath popped into my inbox with this post explaining the difference, I jumped up and said YES!
Read on if you’re confused.
Susan’s a good friend of mine. She blogs on careers, resumes, jobs and all things social media on the Career Ignition website.
Let her enlighten you.
CV or not CV – What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
Interview IQ was recently asked by a contributor to the blog to explain the difference between a resume and a CV. The answer is simple. In current Australian recruitment terminology, the terms “resume” and “CV” are used interchangeably.
Historically, there was a significant difference between a resume and a CV.
The term “resume” was used to refer to a succinct document, generally kept to four pages or less, containing details of an applicant’s skills, experience, education and employment background.
The term “CV” referred to a much longer document, generally used for positions relating to academia and the medical profession. CVs contained all the information included in a resume, as well as:
- far more detail about the applicant’s education and
- a comprehensive listing of the applicant’s professional history, including every term of employment, all their postnomials and academic qualifications, a list of all their publications, presentations at conferences and other academic engagements.
While applicants for academic roles still need to provide all the information that historically was included in a CV, many of Australia’s leading universities now refer to the document as a “resume”.
For example, Melbourne University says “There is no difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV). The terms are used interchangeably”. The University of Queensland states that applicants for academic positions must include a copy of their “resume” with their application; and in its online application form, Sydney University also requests applicants to upload their “resume”.
While there is no difference between a resume and a CV in Australian terms, job applicants looking to work overseas should be aware that there’s quite a significant difference in other countries and take that into account when tailoring their application.
Susan Wareham McGrath is the Founder of the Career Ignition blog and a guest poster on Interview IQ.