The importance of resumes and CVs (curriculum vitae) in obtaining a new position are critical. Many people simply overlook how important these two documents are. Of course, resumes and CVs are not interchangeable and many people do not even know what a CV is. In brief, a CV is usually much longer than a resume as it is used to detail an individual’s academic experience, professional training, publishing record, and other qualifications in a much more explanatory manner. CVs allow prospective employers to gain a more thorough understanding not only of how an individual is qualified for a position but also how that individual matches the culture of the organization. In the US CVs are used primarily in the academic and medical environments while internationally some employers request CVs instead of resumes. In contrast, resumes are typically shorter and much more concise without the explanatory text. However, resumes must be focused on position titles, responsibilities and detail any major accomplishments in work or education and training. There is some room for personal details but most of these are better left to the interview. While some parties may argue that resumes can be two pages it is generally preferred by most employers, hiring managers, recruiters and others in the employment industry that resumes be kept to 1 page. Additionally, creative formatting should be minimized or left out completely and resumes and CVs both must include targeted keywords in the specific field or employment being sought.

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