By Selipha Kihagi
A client writes in an email that they would like to have their resume reviewed and another calls the office saying they would like to have their resume professionally done. I have to tell both of these candidates that we only offer CV writing services and not resume services.
While a few will understand this response, some are more confused as to what the difference is. Florence Mukunya, a CV Writing expert at Corporate Staffing Services affirms that the two documents are indeed different and cannot be used in place of another.
The difference between a CV and Resume
“A resume is more summarized than a CV and should never be more than one page or two on the maximum. A CV on the other hand should in the least be 2 pages, going on depending on one’s qualifications and experience,” says Florence.
The resume will only entail a profile summary, work experience, education and special skills, which is only part of what the CV entails. A CV goes on to detail any professional certifications you may have, trainings you have participated, any awards you’ve received, your hobbies, a list of referees, memberships and any other information that supports your expertise.
So, there is a huge difference between the two but while the CV may include more and detailed information, this does not mean that you document every single thing you have done. A good CV should only have information that is important in conveying your qualifications to the employer.
Do Employers In Kenya Expect A CV or Resume?
According to Florence, Kenyan job seekers should focus on the CV because that is what the job market is looking for. Hardly will you come across a company in Kenya that is specifically asking for a resume.
Employers in Kenya will always ask for a CV because it is more detailed and shows the various duties and responsibilities that match you to the job requirements. They do not want the overview that is contained in a resume.
This then means that if you see a job that is asking for a resume in the application process, it is probably a mistake and you should submit your CV, unless of course you are applying to an international company, then you will need to confirm first.
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