Are you using a CV or a Resume?

  • Post published:14/12/2022
  • Reading time:3 mins read

DB23H7Your CV is a personal Career Balance Sheet; like the Balance Sheet or Income Statement used in Accounting. Don’t use a CV when it comes to looking for a job.

Your CV should never be shared with anyone. It stays on your personal computer forever but from which you pick the relevant text when creating the all-important personal Resume.

The CV lists absolutely everything you have done since kindergarten, primary school, the first job to the current; it can include dates, periods, all training activities or articles, publications. You name it. It can stand the toughest of audits.

CV comes from Latin and is short for Curriculum Vitae, roughly translated to English it means the course or route of your life.

But here’s the thing when you are job hunting.

Resume Service-1You need a marketing document to introduce yourself on the job market. – not a CV Balance Sheet.

Luckily, the French have a word for “summary”; the word is résumé.

So, if you have a CV of many pages, I recommend you make a summary of max two pages.

Call that your resume from now on. Save the document starting with your first name; example: jane.doe.resume.doc.

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Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.