The difference between a CV and Resume Pt2

What about a Resumé? Résumé is a French word but it is used widely outside France. You will see variations: sometimes it will be written with an acute accent above each e; sometimes one over the last ‘e’ and now, due to search engine and software formatting, it is likely to be spelt without any punctuation at all – resume. Strictly speaking a resumé is a summary. It can be in bullet form and only one to two pages long; however, unless you have limited employment experience, it is unlikely you will do yourself justice on one page. In Australia the widely accepted parameters of a resumé are two to five pages covering the last 10 to 15 years of your career. The basics it will include are qualifications, education and relevant employment history.

The nature of resumés has changed with the employment market. When there is a shortage of employees for a role, chances are recruiters and employers will consider a resumé that, in a market over supplied with interest, would be promptly put in the round filing cabinet.

Is it easier to write a resumé than a CV? ‘Yes’ and ‘no’. A resumé these days is much more of a marketing tool than a simple list. In many instances it is really a hybrid between a CV and Resumé which is possibly why the name used can come down to semantics and personal preference.

The intention of your application document, despite common misconception, is not to get you a job: it is to secure an interview. It is unlikely that a well written document will be successful or unsuccessful due to the title. Regardless of which you choose, resumé or CV, the old and true rule ‘content is king’ applies. So, regardless of the name you choose, make sure it is well written, sells your value and gets you that interview!