Elyssa Duncan
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Posted December 4, 2020

Is a CV different from a resume?

How is a CV different from a resume? Learn the difference and land your next job!
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A CV (short for the Latin term curriculum vitae) outlines academic and professional credentials, while a resume describes work experience and skills. While there is some overlap in information, a CV typically is longer than a resume. A resume is a much more common job-seeking requirement.

What do a CV and resume have in common?

Both documents include basic information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Education

These key pieces of information are usually where a resume stops – and usually takes no more than a page. A CV goes well beyond that.

What employers look for in a CV

A CV presents a full history of academic credentials: degrees, research and teaching experience, grants and fellowships, licenses, awards – and other information pertinent to the position applied for. Typical jobs that require a CV include teacher, professor, art curator, academic researcher, and scientist.

Depending on the position you’re going after, you should include:

  • Professional licenses or cCertifications
  • Lab research
  • Relevant specialized coursework
  • Description of advanced degree thesis or dissertation
  • Professional speaking engagements
  • Pertinent travel
  • Professional development

Chances are your recruiter or hiring manager won’t require more than a well-written resume that focuses on essential elements of your experience. But if your recruiter is looking for something more detailed, use these guidelines to write a robust CV that leads to your next job.

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Ajay A.

Just to add: CVs are typically used in Europe and most parts of Asia, and they usually require a photograph of the applicant to be part of the document itself. Resumes, on the other hand, are primarily used in the US and Canada (correct me if I'm wrong), and don't require a photograph.

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Shayna Resnick

Thanks for sharing

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