Resumes vs. CV’s

Often the terms “resume” and “CV” mean the same thing internationally.  However, in the US, they are two different types of documents.  You will use a resume to apply to full-time job opportunitites in the US not a CV.

There are several differences between US resumes and those from different countries. The following will highlight some of the general differences. Please note, that these differences are written in general terms only – they do not apply to all countries and do not attempt to account for individual differences.

US Resume International Resume (CV)
  • Concise, attractive personal marketing tool – summarizes experience, skills, accomplishments, and academic background relevant to the job you are applying for
  • Chronologically details academic and formal work experience.
  • One page maximum
  • Can be multiple pages
  • Does not include age, marital status, race, religion, or photos
  • Can include age, marital status, race, religion, and/or photos

Additional Resume Tips for International Students:

  • Do not list English as a language skill on a resume written in English for an English-speaking country
  • Avoid listing international permanent address, especially if an employer cannot reach you at that address
  • Make sure the resume is free from grammatical and spelling erros, as well as awkward us of language

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