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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