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Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

In Switzerland, do you use a Résumé or Curriculum Vitć (CV) when applying for a employment?
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Old 21.02.2011, 20:42
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

Applying in English, I would say that French will go for resume and the rest of Latin speaking folks for curriculum vitae. They both mean exactly the same to us, just the length and details might be slightly different. Don't forget about cover letter and motivational letter as well.

The difference is explained here: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/curric...f/cvresume.htm
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Old 21.02.2011, 20:46
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

Might be useful to you:

http://www.manpower.ch/en/advice/the...e-striking-cv/

And if your German is good enough, this PDF:

http://www.hobsons.ch/de/publikation...wirtschaft.pdf
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

At work, we refer to them as CVs, but some use the two terms interchangeably. I think everybody understands both.
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:02
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

To me they mean the same thing.
Is there a difference between the two for you or is it just the difference in wording that you are asking about ?

I wouldn't use the word "Resumé", for though it means "CV" in English, it means a "summary" in French.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

In the US Résumé tends to mean what employers expect to see - a summary of your background and experience in a relatively short format. The term CV is only really used in academia, and format is a bit different and in particular tends to be a bit longer. Somebody would have a 2 page CV before having the experience to justify a 2 page resume.

So I tend to think of a CV as a longer document than a Résume. However, I am relatively clueless about how these terms are used internationally.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

On this side of the Röstigraben you use a "Lebenslauf".

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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

In the UK, we use a CV as most UK English keyboards don't have accented letters on a single keystroke.

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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

Neither do US keyboards - so they use "resume", I guess. For the British, the two terms are entirely interchangeable - we understand that our American cousins do use different, simpler, words.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

I was once asked by a prospective employer to send 2 CVs - getting a French car in the envelope was a real challenge.

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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

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I was once asked by a prospective employer to send 2 CVs - getting a French car in the envelope was a real challenge.

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Did you send them joints in envelope
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

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In the US Résumé tends to mean what employers expect to see - a summary of your background and experience in a relatively short format. The term CV is only really used in academia, and format is a bit different and in particular tends to be a bit longer. Somebody would have a 2 page CV before having the experience to justify a 2 page resume.

So I tend to think of a CV as a longer document than a Résume. However, I am relatively clueless about how these terms are used internationally.
As far as my previous experience goes, CVs can be multiple pages and include every single important detail of your past experience. Resumes should almost never be over 1 page and include only the relevant details for the job you are applying for. CVs are generally used in academia (as the post I am replying to already mentioned) while resumes are generally used in industry.

I would make sure to verify with the employer what they are actually looking for.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

As far as I can make out most Swiss people send out a folder with a short resume/misssion statement and a CV, as well as photocopies of all diplomas/degres certs. etc and a photo. You can buy special folders at stationer's shops. It seems a bit like overkill, but would certainly be necessary if you are seriously applying for a particular job.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

If you're sending to anonymous HR, send absolutely bloody everything, including your cycling proficiency test. The more certs and info you have, the less likely there'll be a question mark next to your name. They're a funny bunch.
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

Well, Honestly I am from the U.K, but have an Apple Computer, which I am able to use shortcuts for Words like Résumé and "Vitć".

Anyways, in Switzerland, would you honestly send a copy of:
I. Résumé or Curriculum Vitć.

II. Copy of your Educational Diploma's and Degrees, including A-Levels/GCSE's.

III. Covering/Motivational Letter.

Also, when you reply can you say which you are in favor of.

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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

All three, always

1) letter
2) CV
3) references (in Switzerland, these are work certificates stipulating your responsibilities in a former employment as well as an evaluation of your work and sometimes a comment regarding your personality)
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Re: Résumé vs Curriculum Vitć.

Well, at application time, please - do not include your references nor diplomas... they will for sure be asked for at the time of hiring, but as a first contact it is too much.

The actual difference between résumé and CV is paper-thin... one or two sheets of paper. Given that in most situation, the recruiter and even more the recruiting manager will spend 5 min assessing your paper, one sheet is the norm - perhaps with a second sheet containing education and so.

Worked for me every time.
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