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Iam doing my MBA in HR, our Recruitment lecture was going on..ur lecturer asked us dat wat is d diff between a CV, RESUME and BIODATA. i said its more or less d same...nd we ended up with a argument..so if u can provide me clear idea about it so dat i can enchance my knowldge.
From India, New Delhi
hi! friend,

Yes, there is. A résumé is a summary of a person’s educational background and work history for a potential employer. The word, which comes from the French ‘résumé’ and means ‘summary’, thus points to the conciseness of this type of professional document – a résumé generally holds on a single page. Résumés are used in North America and in countries under American cultural influence.

A curriculum vitae (usually shortened to CV) is the norm in Europe as well as in countries with which it traditionally has cultural ties. In keeping with the Latin meaning (roughly equivalent to ‘course of life’), the phrase usually refers to the short account of a person’s career and qualifications that is prepared when applying for a position. The main difference with the résumé is that the CV is usually longer (generally well over two pages long). It thus provides the occasion to delve more deeply into an applicant’s educational, professional and personal details. And this explains why in the USA doctors, scientists and academics also use CVs.

International firms tend to favour the CV over the résumé because they generally want to know as much information as they can before having people travel for an interview or even having to find out the hard way whether somebody is well or ill suited to living abroad and working in a new and sometimes alien environment.


Sudien Pote
From India, Mumbai
hi friend...
you can use either Resume of Curriculum vitae. The first one is American english and the later British.
but i suggest you to avoid biodata. because its a cliche(words that lost their original meaning) bio data means biological data of a person such as his name, age, gender, blood group etc,...and this term was widely used in medical science, (you might have seen a prescription pad on the patient beds in hospitals, that is known as biodata) but nowadays its used for different purpose.
From India, Madras
You can add one more word to that list.
'Profile' is also widely accepted. When resume' and curriculam vitae sounds too formal and in certain situations dramatic, you can use 'profile'.
though it is better to avoid 'bio-data' if you are applying for a job. as mani has pointed out the data is supposed to be more 'bio'! though it is used for matrimonial purposes.
hope this helped
From India, Madras
"resume and cv are the same". they are not.
Your biodata detailes your personal things. Your cv details your career/scholarly info..in detail. Your resume..ah, the toughest thing to create, is a concise and highly-effective ad of your capabilities.
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From Pakistan, Islamabad
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hi i would like to add a point to this curriculum means "a description of your academic and professional exposure" "Vitae" means your personal details both forms "curriculum vitae" Thanks sharavanan
From India, Madras
this is kirthika. i have completed my MBA (HR) in 2007 and looking for career in same .if any one of u can help me in geting a job it wil be of great help to me i prefer to work in chennai. if u have any openings pl do mail me @
thanks & rgds

Dear HR friends
The above clarification is very very informative and useful. Now only i came to know the differents
sharing the experience and knowledge is always useful to others
Keep it up fridens
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From India, Madras
As Mr Sudien said a resume is more of your employment background but it is not neccesarily restricted to one page. Going by the current trend upto 3 pages are acceptable and a potential employer would definitely want to know all the details and putting say a work experience of 10 years in page can be excruciatingly difficult at times .

Hi All.....
I hadn't known bout so many differences b/w a CV & Resume. What we were taught was CV is for people who have got work experience and Resume is for freshers...! Good to know so many differences.
Pls avoid using Bio Data, the reason is given by most of them who have posted above....
From India, Bangalore
You have got so many replies... Thats good...
As far as difference between CURRICULUM VITAE and RESUME is concerned, the term CV is used when the job seeker/candidate/applicant is a FRESHER, when he/she applies for the job as fresher or for the first time whereas RESUME is used when the person is already having some experience and when he is looking for a change in job. So CV for freshers and RESUME for experienced applicants but common thing is both of them reveals about the profile of the applicants.
Hope i am clear to you.
Anamika Sharma
From India, Hyderabad
The posted Resume can be a little impresive. The person reviewing the profile must feel the drive to read it or at least go thru it. Rgds Achu
From India, Mumbai
Hi there,
you can get many useful information like this on a website:
I'm sure. You will get a lot of help.

hai friends...
resume is "a summary, as of one's employment, education, etc., used in applying for a new position."
curriculum vitae (C.V.) is noted as "a regular or particular course of study of or pertaining to education and life."
Bio-data : information relating to a particular person and his or her financial, professional, or educational history, stored in a database and used, e.g. in banking, job recruiting, and marketing ( takes a singular or plural verb )
From India, Kakinada
Hi, Thank you for sharing such valubale information. ..Yes CV is widely used in Europe and they are usualy very descriptive and Employers want to know everything about the candidate. Regs, Gauri
From India, Delhi

The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included and what each is used for. A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. While a resume is brief and concise - no more than a page or two, a Curriculum Vitae is a longer (at least two page) and more detailed synopsis.
A Curriculum Vitae includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers expect to receive a curriculum vitae.
In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

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An individual should use the world for his application for new employment.
1 Bio-Data - If qualifications and experience are very limited and applying to a junior post like peon, security guard, Gardner etc. Bio data contains biological detail as name-DOB, sex, marital status, address, minimum qualification, any experience.
2 Resume - This world is used by a fresher who have some more information’s to provide. In this he explained his qualifications, training and project detail also.
3 C.V. - This word is generally used by an experienced person whenever he is going to take a change. In this he plugs his all detail about biological, Qualifications, achievements, experience and work profile.
From India, New Delhi
Difference between CV & Resume

  • Curriculum Vitae: The course of life;
  • Resume: Summary
A close look at the meaning of these terms makes things clearer. While a CV discusses the course of life of a person, his Resume is a brief summary of his skills and achievements. The meaning of the words offer the basic differences between the two:
  • While a CV is detailed, a Resume is to the point
  • A CV is longer than a Resume. Usually, a CV is two or more pages long while a Resume is essentially one page long.
  • A CV can contain some information about other facets of your life such as hobbies and extracurricular activities. A Resume strictly contains information relevant to the job.
  • A CV is usually used in USA only for academia and when you are required to apply for a government grant. Potential employers usually ask for a Resume there.
  • This means that while your CV when applying to two different jobs could be same, your Resume has to be different, highlighting different achievements in different cases.
So, what term should you use? While most times you will be asked for a CV all over the world, you have to be cautious if you are in the USA. In the USA, employers expect you to abide by the rules when they ask you for your Resume.
From India, Bangalore
CV: Career and Education Resume: Skills and Capabilities Bio-Data: Personal interests and Description of yourself
From India, Bangalore

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