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CV vs Cover Letter: What’s the Difference?

CV vs Cover Letter: What’s the Difference?

The difference between a CV and cover letter is like that between PB & J. And just like PB & J, they form an epic pairing.

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Before even setting foot in the door, you have a couple of opportunities to show the recruiter your best side.

 

Those two chances are your cover letter and your CV.

 

Needless to say, you need to hit a bullseye with both of them if you want to be considered for the job. Otherwise, you’re just another application.

 

To do that, you need to understand not just the difference between a CV and cover letter, but how they work as an awesome team.

 

This guide will show you the differences, similarities, and how to make them fight for you like Gregor Clegane.

 

First look at both documents created in our builder. On the left—a resume, in the middle—a CV for academic purposes, on the right—a cover letter. 

 

Want to save time and have your CV ready in 5 minutes? Try our CV builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you’ll get ready-made content to add with one click. See 20+ CV templates and create your CV here.

 

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Oliwia Wolkowicz
Oliwia is a career expert with a solid background in various industries, including consulting and aviation. At Zety, she writes dedicated, advice-driven guides to help readers create great resumes and cover letters to land the job of their dreams.
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