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.
28th August 2007 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
28th August 2007 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.
28th August 2007 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
28th August 2007 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.
Hassan :wink:
28th August 2007 From Pakistan, Islamabad
Looking for HR generalist Role.
28th August 2007 From India, New Delhi
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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
29th August 2007 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
29th August 2007
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
malladi_alps :lol: :lol: :lol:
29th August 2007 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 .
30th August 2007


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