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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Do We Say Resume or CV in Australia?

The words 'Resume' and 'CV' (abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae) are often used interchangeably here in Australia by job seekers, HR professionals, employers and recruiters.

When you apply for a job, you may be asked to submit a copy of your CV, or they may use the word resume. They essentially are the same - a written document outlining your professional employment experience, skills, accolades and achievements throughout your career in a chronological, easy-to-read and follow format.

Rarely will an Australian employer say: "No, don't send me a copy of your resume; I want a copy of your CV!" because an employer wants to see what you have done in the past, your skills, training and qualifications relevant to the job that they are looking to fill. And to obtain that information, they'll use the words CV and resume interchangeably.

Here at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions, we specialise in writing Australian resumes and cover letters for people wanting to secure work all over Australia, be it Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane or Hobart.

However, in saying that, the word 'Curriculum Vitae' sometimes is used for highly skilled and qualified professionals, academics and executives. It's more professional and accurate. The word according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, means:

"A short account of one's career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position."


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