Someone asked me to give him my (whatever this is called) a few weeks back, but I can't remember the name of it now and I wanted to bring it up with him again. I don't want to embarrass myself by not knowing the name of it :P I hadn't heard of it the first time he mentioned it either so I went looking and the gist of it was that it's essentially a FULL list of all skills, education, achievements, knowledge, whatever. Doesn't need to be a one-page document, can be bigger.

I've been googling, can't seem to find the right phrases to produce the right answer.

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    Curriculum Vitae
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 20:43
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    Note that's location specific. What Americans call a resume, us Brits call a CV. Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 20:48
  • And what Brits call a CV, in America that's what's known as a "resume".
    – coburne
    Commented Aug 11, 2017 at 13:00

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The word you are looking is probably Curriculum vitae.

Resumes are short and concise, and usually are intended to capture the attention of possible recruiters, while efficiently presenting your credentials and studies. CV's on the other hand cover your whole life most of the times, including most (or all) credential, studies, hobbies and other things that you have done that contribute to your character and professional skills.

Take a look at this great question to know more about the differences between them, as the use of those words depends strongly on the context (country) you are.

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