What is the difference between a Resume, CV and Bio-Data?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 , Article, Skills

Just you are out of your study life, and searching for a job, you will be treated as fresher looking for jobs suitable for their qualifications. How to get a job is a special to get something that you desire for. But getting a call for interview from your employers is the first thing that is important.

Getting an interview call depends upon how attractive is your way of presentation about you and your qualification and experiences.  When we hunt for a job, we talk about the Resume, CV and Bio-data. Most often people use these three words interchangeably. These three things denote some common things: the education, skills, experience and other activities of the applicants.

But Resume, CV and Bio-data are not same thing. There are some intricate differences.

Let’s involve in brief discussion:


Resume is French word, and it means summary, here it is a summary of a person. It is the description of the applicant’s education, skill position of employment etc. A resume hardly exceeds A4 size of page and not more than 2 pages. Without giving full description of qualifications, the specific skills and educational qualifications are highlighted in bullet point.

A good resume starts with the candidate’s brief summary, followed by   strength areas. Focus is on the latest information, and summarization of past experience. There must be balance of responsibilities and accomplishment.

CV-Curriculum Vitae

CV is the Latin that means “course of life.” It is, therefore, the description of regular course of studies did in course of education and during the life. As compared to resume, a CV is more detailed than resume. It is written usually in 2-3 pages, but can go more if necessary.

There is chronological order of skills, degrees, jobs and professional qualifications that the applicant is required to present for the consideration of the employer.

A CV is more a description of general talent than displaying any particular position.


It is short form of biographical data. It is an old fashioned term for Resume and CV. Here the personal data is describing date of birth, religion, caste, nationality, religion, sex, marital status, etc., next, there is chronological description of educational qualifications and experiences.

What to choose

No matter what format, Resume, CV and Biodata, you use to describe the details of your personal and professional life; one thing you need to know is the purpose of writing. Why and how much you should include in your format and in which order. These two things will decide in which order you will write your application.