Resume versus CV – describing the differences

What’s the difference between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Resume versus CV?

This depends on where you are living and what you do for a living. There are as many explanations as there are different ways to use a CV or Resume. There are although some simple rules in the discussion about a Resume versus a CV. Below we will try to enlighten you and give you an insight in the biggest differences.

Differences from Geographical point of view

If you are living in Europe including the United Kingdom, you will be able to use the terms CV and Resume rather interchangeably. There is little difference between them for people living in EU/UK. Although CV is more used than Resume here. If you live in the United States, the differences between a Resume and a CV can be big; you could say that a CV in a way is a special type of Resume. In North America, most professionals in the business world would always have a Resume, being a two pager, consisting of the most important information about you and your expertise. If you are working in more specialized areas like highly academic jobs within for instance research, medicine or similar, you would probably know a CV as a presentation of everything that you have done in your career including, all work experience, all educations, diplomas, honours, project you worked on and concepts created in your work. A CV will be a substantial longer document with all this information.

Differences in the Length of a CV / Resume

There are off course more specific differences then how many pages a CV/Resume would consist off. Depending on if you have for instance listings of scholarly accomplishments, publications (academic or business), articles this would be considered a CV. On the other hand more business achievements, skill, and credentials would be part of a Resume. A basic guideline for a North American Resume would be a 1-2 page document consisting of the most important information, trying to sell you to potential employer. A North American CV, as used mostly for academic positions, will contain a substantial amount of information about everything that you have done, and all educations you have, and typically consist of several pages. Instead of a Resume which is the major accomplishments you have done the CV will have all the relevant and mandatory achievements and credentials. In EU/UK, CVs can be very short or extremely long, depending on what you want to achieve and what you want to share. It is mostly depending on what position you are applying for.

It is rather confusing what to do

It can be confusing what to do, but instead of just trying to do the right thing, consider sending an email to the employer and simply ask for what level of details they are asking for and offer them further details on request. The only thing that can happen is that they will remember your name and this might give you an opportunity to be seen as professional because you asked what they were looking for – an interview opportunity might not be as far away as it was if you had not asked or if you had made the wrong assumptions and had send your CV/Resume in the wrong format / level of detail. You should also be aware of the fact that the cover letter or the application will be seen as you trying to get the employer to read your CV/Resume to see if your competences are the right ones for the position.

Reference guide to the major differences between a CV and a Resume

North America

CV or Curriculum Vitae

  • Typically 6-15 pages (can be even bigger)
  • Usually used within academic or science
  • Complete listing of all achievement and experience
  • All elements are thoroughly described
  • Must be read thoroughly and not easy to get a simple overview


  • Typically 1-2 pages (max. 3 pages)
  • Usually used within business (administration)
  • Summary of accomplishments, credentials and achievements
  • Highlighting the important elements
  • Easy to get an overview


CV or Curriculum Vitae

  • Can range from a simple 1-2 pages to as long as necessary
  • Can be used in any area of business
  • Depending on what job you are applying for it can be detailed or simple


  • Not used in Europe

Main objective

The main objective of a CV or Resume is to give the employer all necessary information for him to create an overview of the person applying for a job so that he can decide whom to choose for an interview. If ever in doubt, call the potential employer and ask them what they need then you already have a “toe” in the door.

Let Comoto help you do it the easy way

Remember that when using Comoto, you can always put all information about yourself and you work life in there and then just pick the most important for the position at hand. Easy and convenient create a specific CV / Resume for you. Have multiple CV / Resume ready for you to use in different application. You can even have them in different languages and different specifications. When using our CV Templates you can export to these and then make minor adjustments afterwards, taking the hassle out of making CV / Resumes.

Different writing styles of Resume writing

Different writing styles of Resume writing

It can be difficult to search around in the enormous amount of ideas, opinions and guides that is available today. Here you can find descriptions on the different styles of Resume’s that is recommended. There is not one optimal or correct version – the right style depends upon a lot of different factors and to find out what will work best for you, will be something you discover when you have tried different versions. The final result should hopefully be that you gain full control of your Resume and get the job of your dreams. There are three basic styles you could choose from:

Functional Resume Style

This Resume style is based mostly on your skills; it concentrates on the acquired skills you have gathered in the past, but also how you have used these skills in your previous positions. This style would be the best style to use if you have gaps in your employment history and/or want the recruiter to focus on your expertise/skills rather than discovering your visible gaps in your employment history. Not that you should withhold any important information, but you don’t need to make it obvious for the recruiter to see these negative facts in your Resume. You could say for whatever reason – if your skills / expertise are more important for a recruiter / headhunter than your qualifications or employment history, then a functional Resume is the obvious choice.

Performance Resume Style

The performance Resume style mostly focuses on past performance. This is often the case if you’re a major achiever or very often seen in “sales” or “economic” related positions. With this type of Resume you will focus the attention of the recruiter on your performance/achievement during each chronological job listed in your employment history. For example if you have been on the same step on the ladder for some years and achieved a lot at your work, but now you want to take the next step in your career. You can – by using this type of Performance Resume – , show that you are a high performer and have achieved goals; that you have done this for some years and now you’re ready to take the next step. If the recruiter / headhunter recognize this, he knows you’re committed and will do the little extra “something” to achieve your next goals.

Targeted Resume Style

A targeted type of Resume would focus on the requirement of the vacant position and exclude most other unnecessary information that could distract the recruiter / headhunter from judging you to be the perfect match for the vacant position. Sometimes this could be the case if you’re from a completely different sector or your employment history is too diversified to be a perfect match. The skills and expertise you have acquired during your professional working experience has helped your professional capacity, but it is not directly applicable to the vacant position unless you illustrate why. That’s why in this case the best idea would be to have a Resume targeted for that specific job.

Which Resume type is the best?

Standards, guides or rules are almost not best used as they are, and this is especially the case with regards to your Resume. The best thing that you can do is to take these good ideas and put them together to become what will be called a “Combination Resume”. This style of a Resume is the most used format. You basically use a little of all the above styles when you are trying to make that perfect Resume. It is rare that a clean type would be used, as the job vacancies are fairly complex and your employment history would need to be targeted every time to answer the requirements of the recruiter / headhunter.

Resume Tips – Resume Layout and Design of Resume is important

Resume Layout and Design of Resume is important

Maintain different version of your Resume and different Resume Layout, a short one as an appetizer, a general one to include most of your skills and experience and a long one which includes everything you have made.

These different versions should look alike with different Resume Layout so that you can start out with the short version and send a more detailed version if you are asked to do so. It is also useful to have online versions of your Resume. Using Comoto you have that automatically, you can even put a password on them so that only people you want to see them will be able to see them.

There is not only on advice here when talking about layout and design. For instance, within the financial sector a layout with funny graphical details in it will be a show stopper in many cases, they would in many cases see that as unprofessional. On the other hand if you are working within Marketing/Branding a basic textual Resume would be seen and boring. So it is important for you to make the design layout reflect you as a person and the area you are working in.

With Comoto you can do this automatically, you have all you detailed information in the database and you can have different layout for different positions or companies. Just by the press of a button you have a new design.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Resume Tips – Resume Phrases to use in your Curriculum Vitae

Useful Resume Phrases for your Resume

Though every Resume should be unique, it is always good to user what is called Resume Phrases, Power or Action words. These words can be used in a wide variety of ways, but when you describe the successes you have achieved in your Work Experience they are a must. Here, we show you some of the Phrases that can be used and how they can be incorporated in your Resume. A previous article was made with a list of these words to give you an overall idea.

Here we will try to put them together in some phrases for your use. As always it is good to use these words, but don’t overdo it, use them with caution and don’t use the same for all your achievements.

  • Accomplished a turnaround of…
  • Centralised the management of…
  • Completely redesigned the…
  • Stimulated the growth with…
  • Gained widespread experience in
  • Motivated a group of…
  • Participated in group management…
  • Assisted with the creation of…
  • Examined the benefits of…
  • Established a team of knowledge workers…
  • Obtained the majority of customers…
  • Surveyed the creation of…
  • Formulated the overall strategy…
  • Managed the…

This is just a small portion of what to do with these power/action words, only to give you an indication of how to use them.

The relationship between Comoto and LinkedIn

The relationship between Comoto and Linkedin

How can I talk about the relationship to a relationship database like LinkedIn or Xing or Viadeo. At Comoto we are strong believers in relationship databases for their unique purpose and big fans of LinkedIn – their services help you to build relationships and keep in contact with important people in your business.

And yes they are also perfect to build relationships with or to be seen by headhunters – remember a relationship database work perfect as a place where you can illustrate your experiences without having the problems of your current employer being annoyed for being public, as if everybody could find you in a Resume database (we will revert with more about this another day).

Ensure there is a match between your profile and your Resume – Comoto ensures this because we can create your Resume from your LinkedIn profile

We have been asked the same question many times – Is Comoto a LinkedIn hack – Comoto is not a hack, tweak or similar neither are we hacking or tweaking LinkedIn information. The Comoto technology build your curriculum vitae based on our use of the LinkedIn API. Another popular question is export to LinkedIn – unfortunately we cannot (yet) export to LinkedIn (remember to copy or paste data from Comoto is easy). By the way – we would like to launch similar features for other relationship databases like Xing and Viadeo but they dont have an API yet.

Ensure you are evaluated on your full Resume and not just your relationship profile

How many times have you been contacted by headhunters or others because they have seen what you have done in the past as described in your profile – when you should be evaluated on what you are doing now or maybe even what you want to do in the future !

That is why you need a full Resume to show and present your current and future potential – in full !

Actually you don’t need a full Resume- you need several full Resumes – pinpointed for specific job or roles – and maintain your full control over you Resume versions to ensure your privacy.

Use Comoto’s unique multiple Resume feature for that – create a Resume specific for a job or a type of jobs – or different language versions – or have a short, basic, long version of your Resume.

Resume Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action Words and Resume Power Words

Resume Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action Words and Resume Power Words

resume Power WordsCurriculum Vitae Action Words:

Action words are used to put extra power in your Resume. These words are resume power words that put that special something into your Resume, and can make it stand out from the crowd.

It is important that you show yourself as being determined and in control by using these action words in your wordings and phrases. They work well when you describe what you have achieved in your Career.

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Addressed
  • Administered
  • Advised
  • Analysed
  • Approved
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Attained
  • Audited
  • Bought
  • Budgeted
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Captured
  • Centralised
  • Changed
  • Checked
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Conducted
  • Consolidated
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Corrected
  • Corresponded
  • Counselled
  • Created
  • Cut
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Distributed
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Eliminated
  • Employed
  • Encouraged
  • Engineered
  • Ensured
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Expanded
  • Exposed
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Identified
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Increased
  • Informed
  • Initiated
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instigated
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Investigated
  • Judged
  • Launched
  • Lead
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Liaised
  • Located
  • Machined
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Modernized
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Organised
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Programmed
  • Promoted
  • Provided
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Recommended
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Redesigned
  • Reduced
  • Reorganised
  • Replaced
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Scheduled
  • Selected
  • Served
  • Sold
  • Solved
  • Specified
  • Standardised
  • Started
  • Stimulated
  • Strengthened
  • Structured
  • Studied
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Translated
  • Uncovered
  • Upgraded
  • Used
  • Utilised
  • Verified
  • Widened
  • Won
  • Wrote

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Resume Checklist – better safe than sorry

Resume checklist

This is a Resume checklist to be sure that the right information is in your Resume. Certain types of information must be included to give you the best possible chance, getting through to the important interview. A lot of recruiters / head-hunters are increasingly using online Resume databases to search for potential candidates; including the right type of information will guide them to your profile. Below you can see a checklist you can use to be sure that you are in the game to get the job of your dreams.

Personal data

This is the standard data about you as a person; name, address, phone numbers, email address and soon. You might also wish to include details about your nationality, age and driving licence, it all depends what country you live in, for instance in the UK it is not advised to write ones age, due to age discrimination.


Include information about your education, this includes your education but also if you have had some courses or seminars of an educational nature. Specific skills IT knowledge, languages skills and try to state which level it is on (basic, intermediate or advanced level). You should also include keywords used in the job ad for the position your interested in because recruiters will use keywords these to filter CV when searching in databases.

Work experience

You should list your work experience in reverse chronological order with the most recent most recent experience first. Use keywords to describe your experience, do it in a positive languages, using the right keywords for that sector and finally highlight your key achievements.


A section on your major skills can be used in some areas, these skills are skills acquired through you work experience and will typically be skills where you have achieved good results ore skills that you want to use in the future. The idea here is to show what you have learned in your work. Education is one thing, but the skills acquired when working is also extremely important.


It should not be necessary to have all the details on your referees in your Resume, but you should state the basic information and that details are available on request. If you already have asked a former colleague if he would like to be a referee for you, then you can disclose his details, but if not always remember to get the permission to use them prior to handling over the contact information.


You should persuade the recruiter / head-hunter with your skills, experience and education. But sometimes it can be a good thing to show the recruiter / head-hunter that there are other things in life than work. Being a “whole” person resting in yourself can be achieved by disclosing your Hobbies or other interests. It gives a more complete rounded picture of a candidate.

This is just meant to be a mere idea of a checklist, sometimes regional practises or special rules in a special sector can apply, in that case use your common sense and use this list as a guideline and use your own checklist as well.

Resume Vocabulary

Resume Vocabulary:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A summary of your work experience and education, used for job applications


American English term for a Resume (typical a two-pager – often smaller than a CV)

Cover Letter

The letter you send with your CV, with the reasons for you to apply for the vacant position with this particular company


A formal letter from an employer, describing your character, ability and experience


The named person who provide a reference for you


The whole of one’s education, training and experience


Able to use two languages with equal ease

Mother tongue

The language first learned by a person; native language

Native speaker

A person having a specified native language: a native speaker of English


An occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework

Work Experience

Knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone in the work life

Date of birth

The day on which one was born, usually as day/month/year


Training and instruction at school, university etc.


An activity outside work in which one is interested or concerned; hobby

Job objective

The kind of work or challenge that one is looking for


Various; mixed [e.g.: nationality, languages spoken, marital status]

Native language

The language one first learned to speak; mother tongue


The education and experience that make one suitable for a particular job


Ability, expertness or aptitude in a particular activity [e.g.: language skill]


The process of learning a particular SKILL [e.g.: sales training]


A post of employment: a position in a bank


An unoccupied position or office: a vacancy in the company


A person who seeks a job at a company: a candidate for the sales vacancy

Job interview

An interview to determine whether an applicant/candidate is suitable for a position of employment


A person who seeks a job at a company: an applicant for the vacant position


A document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something


A document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study

Curriculum Vitae

Is a latin expression which can be loosely translated as “course of life”
Background Check Is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records (in certain instances such as employment screening) of a candidate before employing him/her

The Comoto Team

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Can your Resume stand the CV and LinkedIn Buzzword test

Overused buzzword – can your Resume stand the CV and LinkedIn buzzword test

Buzzwords has been around for ages, remember the buzzword bingo game, LinkedIn has examined 85 million profiles for the most clichéd and overused phrases and has come up with the “2010 CV and LinkedIn Top 10 overused buzzwords” in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA.

1.  Extensive experience
2.  Innovative
3.  Motivated
4.  Results-oriented
5.  Dynamic
6.  Proven track record
7.  Team player
8.  Fast-paced
9.  Problem solver
10. Entrepreneurial

Can your resume stand the test of these overused words ?

Or if you don’t live in the USA:

* Dynamic – Brazil, India, Spain
* Motivated – UK
* Innovative – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands

Remember that Comoto can help you create a fast Resume from your LinkedIn profile – and help you maintaining multiple Resumes. With our unique inheritance feature in Comoto you only need to change the wordings in one place if you have the same wording/phrases in multiple Resumes.

This makes it easier for you to avoid being ruled out in the “buzzword bingo game” by using a full Resume and not just your profile in a relationship database.

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Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.

Não podemos Português, mas gostaria de

Não podemos Português, mas gostaria de

Comoto ReviewIt is difficult for us to understand Portuguese let alone translate it, but when Comoto is reviewed in a major news contributor to the Portuguese and Spanish talking areas we are delighted.

We discovered a Comoto review in (or in Spanish here) yesterday (27-06-2011) and would like to support and help our Portuguese speaking users to use Comoto 100%, today we have a 80% translation of our Resume Templates, that gives you the ability to export a Resume into the Portuguese language. You can find the list of availabale languages here, and download the text as a direct download to be translated here. (if you want to help us) Comoto reviewOff course we would like to have this 100% translated into Portuguese, so we ask for your help with this, we already had our Spanish version translated by one of our loyal users Agueda Pedregal, we just need to upload it to Comoto for all of you to have benefit from this translation. But having the Portuguese version would be super and make Comoto more complete and usable for our portuguese talking users. So we would look forward having one of you portuguese understanding users to help us out here. If you have other questions or feedback please get in contact with us via our contact page here or write and email to theteam(at), and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed

Why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed / searching for a new job?

If you have been so unfortunate to loose your job or leaving your current position you are facing the tedious job of both building or updating your Resume and adding that information to numerous Resume databases. But why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed?

You will soon find out that this is very time-consuming and is both boring and frustrating as it is not in any way structured or standardized – and I postulate that either you lose your temper and get irritated but finalize the information or you might lose your overview of what you entered at what Resume database!

At Comoto we would love to help you making it easier and to stay in control of your Resume dialog thus creating your Curriculum Vitae (or CV – see the difference here) faster than you would have thought was possible:

  1. Sign up and create a profile here
  2. Use your LinkedIn profile to create your first draft Resume (it would take less than a minute – 32 seconds would be a qualified guess)
  3. Add information to your Resume (Remember – get evaluated on a full Resume instead of a relationsship profile) (Take a look at our Resume Tips here, if you need some help building your Resume)
  4. Choose one of our Resume templates (complete version) to create a word file and use that word file to cut and paste information to each Resume database to ensure the same information is in all Resume databases (Creating a PDF version is a matter of seconds – different designs add a few more seconds)
  5. Consider saving the Word file with an appropriate name (Resume Database name XX.XX.XX) if you have changed the usual information or have added information. You can upload that information to Comoto. A Similar approach is recommended when applying for a job, mailing a cover letter and an application (Please notice our unique multiple CV feature to target each Resume to the current job/position)
  6. Create a web profile from your Resume to be able to send a link when meeting somebody you think might be able to help you in your job searching process (Stay in control by having a password on your web profile – a web profiles is a copy of one of your multiple Resumes and can also be targeted to the actual position).

Resume Tips – Maintain multiple versions of your Resume – multiple resumes

Maintain multiple versions of your Resume – multiple resumes

Many people have or can have more than one role, this is often the case if you have one type of education, and have used this education in a specific area of work. For instance being a software developer within the area of Accounting for many years. Here you have several skills/expertise that could meet the criteria for different types of jobs. You could be a very good developer, project manager which specializes in accounting or even have experience to work with accounting then you and need multiple resumes.

Having more than one Resume is extremely easy in Comoto, you can have as many as you like, and the information can even be inherited from one Resume to another, then you only have to maintain the differences in the Resume.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.