Difference Between Resume, CV & Portfolio

CVs/ resumes are like personal ads. Like brands market and sell their products or services through advertisement, people sell their skills, experience, expertise for any required job with such written or video form

CVs are of 4 types; chronological or technical, functional or skill based, combine and targeted.

What kind of format or type to choose for required job application, is the key factor for candidate, to be shortlisted from the chunk of thousands of applications. Therefore, choosing the right format is the core, as this will be your 1st impression to employer.

Resume; Shortest & To the Point

Resume is shortest format with to the point information mainly focused on required experience, expertise, education and core contact information. Ideally, resume is of 1 page. Normally used for middle, lower management, non-technical or fresh jobs.

Curriculum Vitae; More personal insight to resume

CV is 2-3 pages format with brief profile, experience, education, personal information, some extra information like interests, other expertise & skills, certificates and achievements etc.  If you have portfolio on some websites or LinkedIn then links of those portfolio can also share. This format mostly used for technical, skill based, middle to top management job level. As recommended by many HR managers, if your job experience is of less than 5 years then pages should not be more than 2 pages, because busy management tends to discard & sort 1st chunk, with visual impression, not by reading.

Video CV Profile; More interactive & Personality centered

Video CV is a new development and more dynamic and interactive approach, as it gives more comprehensive evaluation of candidate to employers. Mainly of 1 to 3 minutes, including brief introduction, professional profile. This dynamic and interactive form give recruiters chance to evaluate candidate on presentation, non-verbal and confidence front. Can be used for middle to top management jobs. Mostly this approach used with hard format CV.

Portfolio; Covering all aspects all jobs, projects

Portfolio covering all aspects of professional developments, assignment by assignment, client by client, project by project and gain of experience and skill attached with every such step. Further, may include practical demonstration or multimedia attachments. In theory this is not bound for any length. Normally used for creative and art based jobs.

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