A curriculum vitae or CV is a personal marketing tool that tells recruiters who you are, what you have accomplished and what you are capable of. Its aim is to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting the job you want. Since a CV can be considered an advertisement for yourself as an employee, it is only logical that it should be more than a dry list of facts.

An attractive and to-the-point CV, tailor-made to the specific needs and demands of each and every potential employer can make a world of difference. Remember that a CV is often the first contact between you and the recruiter and you have only got one shot to make a good impression.

In the United States, a CV is usually called resume. Both terms are sometimes used synonymously but there is a slight difference. In Europe, you can use a CV for any job application. In the US, a resume is the norm except for when you apply for an academic or scientific job or an internship. These jobs require a CV.

The main difference between a CV and a resume is brevity. In general a CV is lengthier than a resume. Whereas the former is like a career biography, the latter only lists the information that is strictly relevant to a position. Even very remarkable personal accomplishments are not included in a resume if they bear no direct relevance to a vacancy.