What is the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume? Answer: The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included and what each is used for. A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. While a resume is brief and concise - no more than a page or two, a curriculum vitae is a longer (at least two pages) and more detailed synopsis. A curriculum vitae includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may expect to receive a curriculum vitae. In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RÉSUMÉ AND A CV?
is a document that summarizes your education, experiences, and competencies. It’s designed to introduce you to an employer and highlight your qualifications for a specific job or type of work. A
curriculum vitae (CV)
is a more comprehensive document that details ALL your past education, experiences, and competencies, including public presentations, academic writing and professional development. It’s designed to introduce you to employers in academics, advanced research, post-secondary teaching and fine arts.
are sometimes used interchangeably. However, a résumé is used for work search, and a CV is used when applying for contracts, advanced research or post-secondary teaching positions. For those who use the two terms synonymously, the terms “academic résumé” or “academic CV” are often used to differentiate between advanced research and post-secondary teaching documents. Why develop a résumé or CV?
Both a résumé and a CV are meant to encourage an employer or a supervisor to consider you: •
as an employee
as a candidate for further studies
as the right fit for a contract
CVs are focused on academic work with an emphasis on research and teaching while résumés are focused on non- academic work with an emphasis on related competencies (skills, knowledge and attributes) •
CVs aim to provide comprehensive information while résumés aim to summarize key information •
CVs are often long – 5, 10, 20 or more pages - while résumés are generally 1 to 2 pages maximum When to use a résumé
You can use a résumé when you’re:
applying for work
networking with potential employers
applying for some graduate schools, co-op programs, internships, scholarships, etc. •
participating in events like career fairs or recruiting events See the
WHAT IS A RÉSUMÉ AND WHAT CONTENT SHOULD IT INCLUDE?
info sheet for details.
When to use a CV
You can use a CV when you’re:
applying for work and/or contracts in academics, advanced research, post-secondary teaching, and fine arts •
applying for graduate school, scholarships, etc.
showcasing your background prior to a presentation
WHAT IS A CV AND WHAT SHOULD IT INCLUDE?
info sheet for more information, or check out the
hat is the Difference
Presents a summary of your academic
credentials and accomplishments in great
Graduate school application.
Seeking a faculty position.
Professional association leadership.
Editorial review boards.
Teaching emphasis is designed to impress
those institutions that are more oriented
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