Difference between CV, Resume, & BioData

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Advertising your-self with a professional profile is a very daunting task when you are confused between these three terms – “Resume, CV and BioData”. Specially, it is very confusing for a fresher who first time plans to enter into the corporate world.

To bring out from the confusion, these are the differences between “Resume, C.V., and BioData”.


Biodata: A Biodata is also called a "Biographical Data"
Definition: A Biodata is a document which mainly contains the personal facts about a person. Sometimes, with the personal facts, it also contains the educational background, professional background, skills, hobbies, interest, strengths, potential, and achievements of a person. 
The personal facts a Biodata includes – a person’s height, weight, father’s name, Mother’s name, gender, complexion, caste, religion, marital status, nationality, permanent address, date of birth etc.
The best used in places: India uses Biodata for the marriage purpose.
The best used for: The uses of a Biodata differs from country to country – in India, it is mainly used for traditional marriage purposes, but in many other countries, it is often used to apply for employment.

The length of a Biodate: One page of a Biodata with personal facts is sufficient for marriage purpose, but if you want to consider it to showcase your personal & professional detail both, it may go up-to two - three pages.


Pronunciation of a Resume : re-su-me
Definition: A Resume is a short summary of your skills, education, experiences, accomplishments, ability and talent that plays a vital role when you like to become a top businessman, like to do non-profitable job, profitable job, or government job.
A standard polished Resume can resolve the purpose of getting the interview calls quickly; choose the best formatting style for your Resume to impress the hiring manager at first glance.
The best used in places: The trend of a Resume is popular in Canada and US. Job seekers of these two places use CV to apply for international jobs, academic jobs, or research oriented job.
The best used for: It is best used to advertise your professional profile in the corporate world.

The Length of a Resume: Length of a Resume can reach up-to three pages depends on your industrial experiences and your needs.

CV (Curriculum Vitae) 

CV: CV stands for Curriculum Vitae 

The curriculum vitae is a document which includes the summary of your academic qualification, educational background, skills, , work experiences, awards, honors, presentations, teaching experiences, degree research, publications and other vital details of an individual.

A Resume and a CV (Curriculum Vitae) both are used for the same purpose, the only difference is there in their format and length.

In India, Australia and South Africa - Resume and CV both are used for the purpose of employment, the only difference is – the word Resume is used regularly for the private sector jobs and CV for the public sector jobs.

The best used in places: Exclusively, in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand, companies demand for CV to screen-out the candidates for the job interviews.

The best used for: CVs are mainly used to applying for – intercontinental, health care, research, academic, teaching, scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, internships, and scientific jobs.

The length of a CV: There is no page limit for Curriculum Vitae, the only thing is – it is always being considered as larger in length as compared to Resume.

Best Practices

Whatever item (Resume, Biodata, or CV) you choose to describe your personal and professional details in summarized form, the best thing you need to do is - you should know “the purpose of choosing the item, the details you want to include in the item, and in which order you want to place the details in the item?”

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