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CV's vs. Resumes

Determining whether a CV (Curriculum Vitae) or resume will best represent your qualifications depends upon your career direction.  In general, CV’s are preferred in academia and resumes in industry.  The goal of both documents is to highlight your experience, expertise and accomplishments to employers.  Keeping clear, concise formatting is key.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

CV presents the details of your academic career, highlighting relevant research, teaching, publications and presentations.  The length of the document can vary from two to six pages, depending upon your professional accomplishments.

A general outline includes:

  • Name & Contact Information
  • Education
  • Dissertation or Thesis
  • Grants, Honors and Awards
  • Research Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Professional Experience or Employment
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Professional Memberships or Affiliations
  • Activities and Interests

See samples:


Resumes tend to be one to two pages and they focus on accomplishments and experience.  Keep in mind the limited amount of time employers may have in the initial review of applicant materials. See samples and details.

A sample outline includes:

  • Name & Contact Information
  • Education
  • Honors and Awards
  • Related Experience
  • Additional Experience
  • Activities and Interests



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