Differences between CV and Resume

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We live in a society where change is continuous and competition is increasing. The days of full employment are long gone and, whatever politicians say, they are unlikely to return. Advanced technology and emphasis on ‘efficiency’ has led to a reduction in the labour force. Economic realities mean:
Many more women are being forced to return to paid employment in order to supplement their partner’s wage.
Companies are recruiting fewer graduates, which means there are plenty of qualified people, but with little or no work experience.
A ‘job for life’ is becoming the exception rather than the norm. 
Reorganisations within companies have led to redundancies and people who have worked all their lives in one industry are now looking for alternative work for the first time.
Increasingly there are more self employed people, working on short term projects.
People must now be prepared to work on a temporary contract, without any job security.
Working practices are changing and people are having to be more flexible in the hours they work. Whilst some are finding their home life is suffering due to the time spent at work, others are struggling to find even part-time employment.
These statements may seem stark, but this is reality and these are the circumstances people are finding themselves in.

every graduate dreams of working in oil and gas companies, and wants to write a better CV or resume, but a little portion of then understands the differences between them, in this article we will try to shade light on this important topic, be certain that you will have a good knowledge about each one, wish you the best of luck when writing them both.

here we go:

for what purpose?

CV: Academics in your field of study, masters, PhD applications.
Resume:  Employers who hire for a wide variety of positions.

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Content “Body of Document”

CV: Presents your full academic history, including teaching, publications, research, awards, and service.
Resume: Demonstrate your relevant skills and experience, to show your suitability for a specific position.

Length “Number of Pages”

CV: as long as necessary.
Resume: one or two pages only.

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CV: Highlights your academic achievements and scholarly studies.
Resume: Represents your experiences from previous jobs, as well as skills you have gained.

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Other Information:

CV: Lists of publications, presentations, teaching experiences, education, honors and grants.
Resume: Skills and experience you have gained from previous jobs, any other skills such as language or software proficiencies.


CV: include.
Resume: do not include.

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