Talk:curriculum vitae

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CV not the same as resumé[edit]

In my experience, it seems to me that a CV is typically much longer than a resumé, and has a different purpose. A resumé is to give a potential employer just enough information to make them want to interview you. A CV is more extensive and is to give a potential employer enough information that they can employ you with as few interviews as possible, ideally requiring non interview at all. As such, a resumé is often used for long term work, and a CV for temporary or contract work (where the needs is more immediate and urgent).

While a CV has a very different format, they are both used to gain employment; in the UK it is normally a CV one sends, in the US, a resumé. --Connel MacKenzie 13:44, 29 August 2005 (UTC) (P.S. please sign posts with ~~~~, even when anonymous.)


Is curriculum vitae both the singular and the plural? Does it become curiculums vitae when pluralised in English, or is the Latin rule followed - in which case, what is the Latin rule for pluralising it? —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 2006-07-20 00:46:27.

The plural listed in this entry is curricula vitae. Does that seem wrong? Rod (A. Smith) 07:06, 21 July 2006 (UTC)
Why? Curricula is the nominative plural of the nominative singular curriculum, and vitae doesn't change since one is not describing multiple lives of a single person. Bayer 03:30, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
I would also find "curriculums vitae" and "CVs" acceptable plurals, though the former would be frowned upon by purists since the words are so clearly Latin. 17:48, 1 January 2011 (UTC)


The given pronunciation is not how I say "vitae". Am I wrong, or is there some variation? 11:04, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

More common pronunciation added. —Stephen (Talk) 16:40, 1 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I wasn't sure whether it was common or just my school of Latin pronunciation. Dbfirs 17:44, 1 January 2011 (UTC)