CV Writing

Difference Between Biodata Resume and Curriculum Vitae

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There is a difference between Curriculum Vitae, CV, Resume and BioData. When making applications for a job, you must know what exactly your employer needs.

What is a Resume?

A resume is a summary of one’s education, skills and employment when applying for a new job. Resume is a French word meaning “summary”.  A resume does not list out all details of a profile. It outlines only some specific skills customized to the target job profile. A resume is usually one or a maximum of two pages long. A resume is usually written in the third person to give it an objective and formal tone.

How a good Resume should look like?

 A good resume would start with a Brief Profile of the candidate,

  • Summary of Qualifications, followed by Industry
  • Expertise and then Professional Experience in reverse chronological order.
  • Focus is on the most recent experiences (with responsibilities and accomplishments), and previous experiences are only presented as a summary. This would be followed by Education details and/or Professional Affiliations and/or Voluntary Initiatives.

A resume would be ideally suited when experience people apply for specific positions where certain specific skills are more important than education.

C.V. – Curriculum Vitae

A cv is more detailed than a resume. It is usually 2 to 3 pages long. It can also be  longer as per the requirement.

A C.V lists out every skill, all the jobs and positions held, degrees, professional affiliations the applicant has acquired, and in chronological order. A C.V is used to highlight the general talent of the candidate rather than specific skills for a specific position.

A C.V should be the preferred option for fresh graduates or people looking for a career change. It could also be used by people applying for academic positions.


Bio Data is the short form for Biographical Data and is an archaic terminology for Resume or C.V. In a bio data, the focus is on personal particulars like date of birth, gender, religion, race, nationality, residence, marital status, and the like. A chronological listing of education and experience comes after that.