What is the Difference Between Biodata, Resume and Curriculum Vitae

Many people are confusing about these terms biodata, curriculum vitae and resume. Especially freshers who want to apply for the job at first time. Many people argue that all these terms are same it is just a evolution from biodata to resume and resume to curriculum vitae.

But the real fact is there was some notable differences between these three terms. At below we are going to see about the same:


What is Biodata?

The Bio data is nothing, but it contains the details mainly about your biological information like height, weight, gender, skin color, caste, religion, permanent address, date of birth etc. It usually describes the person the best.

As I have said earlier, the Biodata generally contains more details about your personal information rather than your educational qualification. Biodata is especially useful for marriage proposal in India.

Resume Vs Curriculum Vitae:

Both of them have details about your educational qualification. Usually an American applies with resume and a Britain applies with Curriculum Vitae, and an Aussie applies with both.

The major difference between the curriculum vitae and resume are its length, layout and purpose.

What is Resume?

A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, education and experience. It is brief and concise and contains only one or two pages.

When should use resume?

Typically, you will use the resume when you apply for business, industry, governmental and non-profit jobs. The main purpose of the resume is to help you get an interview. A polished resume is your chance to make a good impression with potential employers.

What is curriculum vitae?

The curriculum vitae includes a summary of your academic qualification, educational background, teaching experience, researching experience, awards, honors, presentations, publications and other details. There is no page limit for Curriculum Vitae.

A curriculum vitae is especially require when applying for academic, education, grants, assistantships, fellowships, internships, scientific position and research positions.

Usage around the World:

A resume is preferred in Canada and US. They prefer the curriculum vitae only if they are applying for a job in abroad or if searching for an academic or research oriented position.

In the Ireland, New Zealand and UK the curriculum vitae is used in all contexts and resumes are not used at all. In Germany, the curriculum vitae is more commonly known as Lebenslauf (latin origin) and is only one of many application document the German job aspirants must produce to get an interview.

In India, Australia and South Africa, these two terms are used interchangeably. The term resume is used more for jobs in the private sector. The Curriculum Vitae is used for public service positions.

In the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East countries, the employers are expect to receive the curriculum vitae from the job seekers.

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