By: Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant for Career Development
In Celebration of International Update Your Resume Month
Many find themselves at odds when presented with the task of creating a CV – otherwise known as a Curriculum Vitae. As if perfecting a resume isn’t challenging enough, a CV appears to be a completely different animal when communicating one’s accomplishments. Three major differences between a CV and resume are found below.
|Length||Length depends on experience of individual. Should include comprehensive overview of publications, posters, presentations, and projects.||Generally should be no more than two pages. To include most relevant information pertaining to the position sought.|
|Intent||Academic-focused. Used by those seeking grants, fellowships, graduate school admission and/or in the medicine or research field.||Industry-focused. Tailored towards individuals seeking positions within their desired industry or within the non-profit, federal, or public sector.|
|Format||Education section fixed at beginning of document. Includes in-depth summary about academic or research accomplishments; may include teaching/research interests, academic service, and dissertation/thesis.||Industry experience may eventually replace educations position near top of document. Information given most relevant to stated professional goal or objective.|
Both documents appear in reverse chronological order and contain similar sections such as professional memberships/affiliations, awards and honors, and professional experience. However, CVs are given more flexibility in length due to its exhaustive nature. Employers requesting a CV are prepared to understand the applicant’s rich educational background and all experiences that lead to their desire to seek a new academic opportunity.
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