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I am applying for a new job in the US and the online application form asks for a resume. Is it ok to provide a CV, rather than a resume? (i.e. could it have a negative impact on my application?)

As far as I understand the terms, a 'resume' is typically a single side of paper, whereas a CV is one double-sided page. I prefer to use a CV, as I feel it allows space to provide more details of my past experiences and accomplishments.

Please note that I am asking specifically with regards to the US job market. I am aware of this previous question; however, it seems to be asking the reverse question and is more focused on Europe.

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    I see 3 options: 1. Convert your CV to a resume and submit that. 2. Submit your CV and see what happens. 3. Contact the company and ask them.
    – joeqwerty
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 18:41
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    "As far as I understand the terms, a 'resume' is typically a single side of paper, whereas a CV is one double-sided page." I've had no idea that thats a thing, and I worked with a lot of companies across europe and us and just use those terms interchangeably. Did they specify pages limit in ad? If not, send what you think is most fitting. From other side of this experience, the amount of pages varies wildly from 1 to 15 and I never held it against anyone.
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 18:47
  • @TymoteuszPaul that's how I've always understood those terms - to mean different things. However, you make a good point that the job posting doesn't specify a maximum page limit for the resume.
    – Time4Tea
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 18:52
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    @Time4Tea can't say, I am no "recruitment specialist" either, I just hire and get hired from time to time. Some jobs post clearly about amount of pages, some don't, some will likely have assumptions about what's sensible and what not, there's no fixed norm I am aware of. What I know for sure that no matter how many pages you got is that the first one must get attention.
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 19:38
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    @TheDemonLord I've understood a CV to be a "life history" while a resume is the advertising needed to get in for an interview. Thus, a resume could be significantly shorter and can be customized for each interview one tries to get. Different underlying purposes but often used for the same purpose.
    – David R
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 15:35

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A CV and a US resume are the same thing.

The most you might have to do is alter the CV to reflect American customs, and some of your wording to reflect American English. Other than that, you're fine.

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  • However, under either name, machine scoring is now A Thing. So for some jobs, keeping it as terse and focused and keyworded as possible may be desirable
    – keshlam
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 22:28
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    And to expand on this there is no “one page” or “two page” rule. Make it as short as you can and as long as it needs to be. Varies based on length of career etc.
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 22:07
  • CV focusses on academics, to apply for academic and research positions. So they are not the same or we wouldn't have two terms. Commented Nov 13, 2023 at 16:16
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    @HappyIdiot there is no requirement for CVs to focus on academic-focused stuff. The difference in terms is purely regional. The UK uses the term CV for all job applications, whereas the USA uses the term resume. CVs/Resumes are not unique in this regard, there are plenty of things with two (or more!) terms based on regional differences. Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 11:51
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A résumé is a summary of achievements. The word literally means summary in English. It's not necessarily one page and many people use it interchangeably with a CV. But in theory it should be briefer, like a summary of the CV.

In your case 2 pages seems fine. Some people cannot summarise their work history etc,. on just one page.

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    Most of the resumes I've seen interviewing people for positions in our US-based company are two pages unless we're interviewing someone fresh out of school. More experienced candidates often have three pages.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Nov 13, 2023 at 17:43
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I think it depends on the field you’re in. If you are applying for a professional job that requires showing more than an “elevator pitch” of your experience such as professional projects, publications, etc. Then I would definitely send your CV. If it’s an entry level or position that doesn’t require much skill then I would stick to a resume. They are definitely different as a therapist I always submit my CV. Now if you would have asked me 10 years ago when I was applying to “regular” jobs it was a simple resume. You could also ask the recruiter what they prefer if possible to get a better idea of what they want.

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