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Difference Between CV, Resume and Biodata

What is the actual difference between CV, Resume and Biodata? Are they just the different names for same thing?
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 2, 2012
I don't think there's any difference. Just different names used for your profile printed on sheets of paper. But I'm thinking 'biodata' should actually refer to some genetic information and DNA structure 😕 . I can already see a future where the potential recruiters would ask you for your gene encoding to decide whether to offer the job to you or not.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • May 2, 2012
Chaitanya Dhumal Welcome to CE. We moved your question to an appropriate section.

It is easy to get confused between the three as there is not clear distinction made between them all.

From what I have heard and read, following is the difference -

Resume is a French word meaning "summary".
A resume is ideally a summary of one's education, skills and employment when applying for a new job. A resume does not list out all details of a profile, but only some specific skills customized to the target job profile. It thus, is usually 1 or at the max 2 pages long.

Curriculum Vitae is a Latin word meaning "course of life".
It is more detailed than a resume, generally 2 to 3 pages, or even 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.

In a bio data, the focus is on personal particulars like date of birth, gender, religion, race, nationality, residence, marital status, and the like.

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