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Common mistakes: Check out the difference between CV, Biodata and resume.

​​What is the difference between a Biodata, CV and Resume?

Different formats are used in different job proposals, and knowing about all the formats is good.

Biodata:

Bio-data stands for Biographical data and is an archaic term for Resume or C.V. In 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.

Unlike other formats, a biodata does not have much in terms of formatting and in most cases, the format is provided by the institution. This makes it easy to collect data in a very sequential manner but this format does not do much in the case of explaining the skills as it is not tailored according to the need of the company although it does prove an ample amount of information about one’s skills and talents.

A biodata can range from about 1 page to 3 pages depending on the quantity of information required by the institute.

C.V. (CURRICULUM VITAE):

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. This format is used when we want to describe our life’s activities in detail format. It covers general talent rather than specific skills for any specific position.

A CV is generally used by college freshers or recent graduates seeking for a job. It can also be used by someone who is seeking a job change or someone who has not been in the industry for a long period of time. Although it is sort of a biography, there are certain rules to be followed to make sure that your CV is consistent with the general convention and trends used for writing the CV.

Resume:

A resume is a French word meaning “summary”. A resume is an outline or summary of one’s education, skills and employment. It does not list down all details of a profile but showcases specific skills customized to the target job. It is thus usually 1 or at the max 2 pages long, written in the third person to give it an objective and formal tone.

Your resume must contain information in a condensed manner. Here you are required to provide only those skills and experiences that are relevant and essential for the job you have applied for. You do not need to fill up everything that you may have in your arsenal of talent.

A good resume would start with a brief Profile of the candidate, a Summary of Qualifications, followed by Industry Expertise and Professional Experience in reverse chronological order. Focus is on the most recent experiences, followed by responsibilities and accomplishments. Previous experiences are only presented as a summary. This would be followed by Education details and/or Professional Affiliations and/or Voluntary Initiatives.

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