4 main differences to note
Ready to learn about the difference between a CV and resume? While the two documents do have a great deal in common and both are used for applications, they are not the same thing. When you're applying for a new role, it pays to ensure that you read the posting properly. That way, you can be sure which document will be appropriate for the application. To help you know which is which, let's take a look at four of the main differences you should know about.
1. Length of your document
Perhaps the most obvious difference between a CV and a resume is the length. As we noted before, a CV lists all of your education and work experience from the day you started high school until now. Depending on your age and how often you've hopped around the job ladder, that could be a whole load of information. Your CV may be up to three pages long, for example.
Of course, rules are made to be broken. While in the past CVs had to contain every piece of work experience you ever did, you can cut things down here. Many applicants choose to use shorter versions of their CVs that touch upon the main points of their experience. Think of it like a highlight reel of your workplace history. You can leave out your first job at Starbucks if you're applying for an account manager position at a PR firm ten years later. (Unless you want to brag about your barista skills!)
Resumes are typically one-pagers. These documents only show-off your main achievements when it comes to education and work experience. You should aim to make this document as concise as possible. Short, snappy, and easy to scan in minutes.
2. Using a profile picture
Want to add a picture to your application? If you've got a beautiful face, it's no wonder you'll want to show it off. However, knowing whether to add a photo to your document depends on which you're using. The key to remember here is that you can use a picture on your LinkedIn but you shouldn't do so on CVs or resumes. The reason is that British employers are prevented from basing their decision on someone's physical appearance. Adding a photo to your application could muddy the water.
However, if you're updating your LinkedIn and want it to stand out, you may well want to include a photo of yourself. Needless to say, this should be a professional-looking headshot. You can either get someone to take a snap of you or pay for professional ones.