First of all let us make it clear regarding the meaning of these two documents, CV and Resume. It is essential to be aware of the difference between them. If your potential employer wants you to send him your CV, you must send exactly this kind of document, not a brief scribble. The same thing is when you are asked to send a Resume. In this case, you should know that it has to be laconic and clear.
Curriculum vitae – which means «course of life» in Latin – is a comprehensive and detailed document providing information about your education, publications, awards, affiliations, appropriate experience (including volunteering), recommendations and different academic accomplishments. Usually it takes two pages and even more, if there are applications. It includes your academic background, as long as it typically serves when candidates apply for academic, education and research positions.
As for the Resume, it is concise and shouldn't be longer than one page with the exception of particular circumstances. It is focused on a relevant work experience and your professional achievements. Note that in a Resume you should list all the information in reverse chronological order.
Basically, both documents include the most important information about you such as name, contact information, education, work experience, skills and both are needed as the primary stage before interviewing.
Now that you know the specificity of each, it is time to get through situations, when you need to use CV and when Resume. If you apply for some sort of academic or research positions, or want to get an educational grant you need to write a Curriculum vitae. This document is commonly used in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. In all other cases it is appropriate to use a Resume. Be attentive when reading requirements for the candidates because they may contain information about the type of needed document.
CV Resume writing is a kind of art, science and hard work at the same time. Apart from being a great specialist in your field, it is also necessary to be a good psychologist. By this, we mean a capability to compose the information in such a way that it could make a perfect impression on the prospective employer. You have to be ready for spending a lot of time formulating your skills and defining your objectives.