Resume vs CV in Canada?
Job postings will sometimes ask for a CV (Curriculum Vitae) instead of the usual resume. Do you know the difference between a resume and a CV in Canada? I always thought they were the same thing. I was wrong!
If you live in Quebec, the terms CV and resume tend to be used interchangeably. However, in Canada's other provinces, a CV is very different from the standard resume. While a resume is usually one or two-pages in length, a CV will be longer (usually 5-10 pages long).
A resume is a summary of your skills, experience and education. A CV is a more detailed and in depth description of your work experience, achievements and qualifications. Typically, a CV is used by people looking for senior executive jobs or applying for academic, scientific, education, or research positions.
- Professional Licenses or Certifications
- Listing of Relevant Course Work to Match Career or Academic Objective
- Scientific or Academic Research, Laboratory Experience, Grants Received
- Description of Thesis or Dissertation
- Papers, Books and other Publications You Have Written
- Academic or Professional Presentations Delivered
- Professional and Association Memberships
- Letters of Recommendation or a List of References
- Professional Development You Have Undertaken
The University of Toronto, Career Centre also has tips on what a CV should contain. Take a look at the books below for more ideas: