Difference Between Resume,CV And Biodata


A résumé is a summary of a persons educational background and work history for a potential employer. The word, which comes from the French résume’ means summary. It points to the conciseness of professional document – a résumé generally holds on a single page. Résumés are used in North America and in countries under American cultural influence.


Curriculum means a description of academic and professional exposure and Vitae means personal details, both forms curriculum vitae.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is the norm in Europe as well as in countries with which it traditionally has cultural ties. In keeping with the Latin meaning (roughly equivalent to course of life), the phrase usually refers to the short account of a person(s) career and qualifications that is prepared when applying for a position. The main difference with the résumé is that the CV is usually longer (over two pages). It contains deep information  into an applicant(s) educational, professional and personal details.

International firms tend to favour the CV over the résumé because they generally want to know as much information as they can before having people travel for an interview or even having to find out the hard way whether somebody is well or ill suited to living abroad and working in a new and sometimes alien environment.


Information relating to a particular person and his or her financial, professional, or educational history, stored in a database and used, e.g. in banking, job recruiting, and marketing (takes a singular or plural verb).

We suggest you to avoid biodata, because it is a cliche(words that lost their original meaning) bio data means biological data of a person such as his name, age, gender, blood group etc, and this term was widely used in medical science, (a prescription pad on the patient beds in hospitals, that is known as biodata) but nowadays its used for different purpose.