Traditionally a bio-data reveals the biological information or can say it is the short form of biographical data of a person which would include things like Name, Age, Ethnicity, Parents so on and so forth. It has absolutely nothing to do with job related aspects of a person's life, much less his career goals. In a bio data, the focus is on personal particulars like date of birth, gender, religion, race, nationality, residence, marital status, and the like. A chronological listing of education and experience comes after that.
The term bio-data is mostly used in India when people apply for government jobs, or for research grants where one has to submit descriptive essays. Bio Data's are not common in the international markets where personal information like age, gender, religion are not required to be submitted by candidates.
A Resume on the other, is a very brief outline of a candidate's work related history, a little bit about his/her educational qualifications and his/her most recently held office. All the ingredients of Bio-Data are their in Resume plus the above.
Ideally a resume is a summary of one's education, skills and employment while applying for a new job. A resume does not list out all details of a profile, but only some specific skills customized to the target job profile. It thus, is usually 1-2 pages long. A resume is usually written in the third person to give it an objective and formal tone. Its is to enable the employer to be able to shortlist candidates to further scrutiny.
The structure of a resume should be in this form: It would start with a Brief Profile of the candidate, Summary of Qualifications, followed by Industry Expertise and then Professional Experience in reverse chronological order. Focus is on the most recent experiences (with responsibilities and accomplishments), and previous experiences are only presented as a summary. This would be followed by Education details and/or Professional Affiliations and/or Voluntary Initiatives.
A resume therefore would be ideally suited to experience people, when they apply for specific positions where certain specific skills are more important than education.
A CV is a detailed description of the candidates Educational Qualifications including market related projects.It lists out all the previous offices held with designations and job roles, achievements and certifications. In short, a C.v. lists out every skill, all the jobs and positions held, degrees, professional affiliations the applicant has acquired, and in chronological order. It is used to highlight the general talent of the candidate rather than specific skills for a specific position.It is more detailed than a resume, generally 2 to 3 pages, or even longer as per the requirement.It is used prior or post an interview by an employer to make sure the candidate fits into the specific job role they are interviewing for. It is generally the longest of the three.
A C.V., should be the preferred option for fresh graduates or people looking for a career change. It could also be used by people applying for academic positions.
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