CV Francais vs UK resume

CV Français

+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
| nom                                                                 |
| ville                                                               |
| age                           photo                            blog |
| nationalité (VISA ?)          photo                       portfolio |
| marié/célibataire             photo                          github |
| permis B                   (optionnel)                stackoverflow |
| téléphone                                                           |
| mail                                                                |
|                                                                     |
|                           === TITRE ===                             |
|                           === TITRE ===                             |
|                           === TITRE ===                             |
|                                                                     |
| === FORMATION                                                       |
|   - 2013, Master <spécialité>, école <nom>                          |
|   - 2009, DUT <spécialité><spécialité>, université <nom>            |
|                                                                     |
| === EXPÉRIENCES PROFESSIONNELLES                                    |
|                                                                     |
|    *** Dates - Société1 - Role1 - Ville ****                        |
|      - lorem ipsum dolor                                            |
|      - sit amet and cookies                                         |
|      = MOTS-CLÉS: latin, langues mortes                             |
|                                                                     |
|    *** Dates - Société2 - Role2 - Ville ****                        |
|      - the quick brown fox                                          |
|      - jumps over the lazy cat                                      |
|      = MOTS-CLÉS: anglais, animaux                                  |
|                                                                     |
| === COMPÉTENCES                                                     |
|   - Latin: Victoriae, mundis, mundis, lacrima                       |
|   - Cuisine: Omelette au fromage                                    |
|                                                                     |
| === INTÉRÊTS ET LANGUES                                             |
|   - Ping-pong                                                       |
|   - Équitation                                                      |
|   - Anglais: bilingue (TOEIC )                                      |
|                                                                     |
|                      === OBJECTIFS ===                              |
|     Je recherche un stage en x de y a z dans la ville v.            |
|                                                                     |
+---------------------------------------------------------------------+

UK Resume

+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
| name                                                           blog |
| city                                                      portfolio |
| nationality (VISA status)                                    github |
| phone                                                 stackoverflow |
| email                                                               |
|                                                                     |
|                           === TITLE ===                             |
|                           === TITLE ===                             |
|                           === TITLE ===                             |
|                                                                     |
| === PROFILE                                                         |
|    Lots of bullshit about how qualified I am.                       |
|    Currently seeking an internship in x from y to z date in c City. |
|                                                                     |
| === PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES                                        |
|                                                                     |
|    *** Dates - Company1 - Role1 - City ****                         |
|      - lorem ipsum dolor                                            |
|      - sit amet and cookies                                         |
|      = KEYWORDS: Latin, dead languages                              |
|                                                                     |
|    *** Dates - Company2 - Role2 - City ****                         |
|      - the quick brown fox                                          |
|      - jumps over the lazy cat                                      |
|      = KEYWORDS: English, animals                                   |
|                                                                     |
| === EDUCATION                                                       |
|   - 2013, MEng. <domain>, university <name>                         |
|   - 2010, BEng. <domain>, university <name>                         |
|                                                                     |
| === SKILLS                                                          |
|   - Latin: Victoriae, mundis, mundis, lacrima                       |
|   - Cooking: Omelette au fromage                                    |
|                                                                     |
| === INTERESTS                                                       |
|   - Ping Pong               - Horse Riding                          |
|                                                                     |
| === LANGUAGES                                                       |
|   - French: native          - English: fluent (certifications)      |
|                                                                     |
+---------------------------------------------------------------------+

The Differences

Personal Information

The UK resume have NO age, NO marital status, NO photo. UK has strict anti discrimination law to which companies actually obey. They’re not allowed to ask about those and you should not write them at all. That is a mistake punishable by instant destruction. Luckily for you. Companies used to receiving candidates from abroad, especially in tech, are not too strict on this and may not even know about the law.

The UK only ‘profile’ section

The UK resume ALWAYS begins with a profile section. A few lines to introduce [s]yourself[s] your professional profile and eventually some context (e.g.  Looking for internship in London in x from y to z date). It can be the hardest to find inspiration for. One useful advise is to stay factual and avoid the bullshit. The expectations are not set in stone, your mileage may vary depending on the reader.

Factual: “8 years experience in Project Management and Business Analysis within Finance and Telecommunications, backed by a 1st class degree and MSc.”
Bullshit: “I’m self motivated, able to work in a team and on my own.”

The French only ‘objectifs’ section (aka. ‘goals’)

Usually not present on most French resumes. There is some debate about including it or not. You’re obviously sending a resume because your goal is to find a job, right ? Well, not necessarily any job anywhere anytime. It is worth writing that you’re available from specific dates, for an internship, or in a given city only. If you have such restrictions, this section definitely makes sense and should be included. The British are smart enough that they have a profile section to put these things into.

Is it a CV or a Resume ?

It is called a CV in French (and others Latin languages). In the UK it is either called a CV or a resume, whichever you prefer.

Some people say that one word is British and the other is American, however it is not clear which is which. Some people argue that resume is the 1-2 pages short version and CV is the longer version.

I like to get things right -so does my inner grammar Nazi- and I did some digging. Supposing there ever was a strict difference between those, it doesn’t matter any more. It is long lost and forgotten. Pick whichever you prefer and stick to it.

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