CV and RESUME; WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

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The application of CV and RESUME could be confusing as to when to use it. Some scholarship applicants at times  find it confusing of what to include in both. https://www.esn.org/news/a-volunteers-cv

The word “Curriculum Vitae” is derived from the Latin word which means “Course of life” ; the word “RESUME” is gotten from the French language which means “Summary”. Both are structured towards a particular school or course that you are applying to.

However, there are differences between them and we will take a look at their differences. As an applicant, a scholarship body might ask you to submit either a CV or a RESUME therefore,  there is a need to understand their differences.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

  • Emphasizes academic accomplishment for the specific purpose that you are applying for.
  • Used when applying for scholarship positions, academic positions, grants and fellowship.
  • Always begins with education and can include name of advisor and dissertation title or summary. Also used for merit/tenure review and sabbatical leave.
  • Length depends upon experience and includes a complete list of publications, posters, and presentations.

RESUME:

  • Resume emphasize skills.
  • Used when applying for a position in industry, non-profit, and public sector.
  • Should not be longer than 2 pages, with an additional page for publications and/or poster presentations if highly relevant to the application or job.
  • After 1 year of industry experience, lead with work experience and place education section at the or near the end, depending on the  qalification.

One of the key determinants of winning a scholarship is a well detailed and structured CV or RESUME. Several applicants trivialize tidying up their CV and RESUME. I want to encourage you today to get on your CV and RESUME and work diligently on it. https://europa.eu/europass/en

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