CV Students frequently ask whether they should use a resume or a CV when applying for jobs, and often they use the words 'resume' and 'CV' interchangeably. Before you start applying for jobs, you will need to determine which one is appropriate for you.

A resume is typically a 1-2 page, reverse chronological, introduction and summary of your experience and skills as they relate to a specific career or position you are seeking. In your resume, you are probably making changes per application to highlight and emphasize what a job is looking for.

A CV, on the other hand, can be much longer. It is a detailed overview of your accomplishments, particularly those related to academia. CVs are mostly used when you are seeking an academic, scientific or medical position (also can be used when applying for grants/fellowships). It is more detailed than a resume, and can be thought of as a living document that is updated frequently. A typical CV for someone in the early stages of their graduate school career may be 2-3 pages, but for an experienced researcher, it could be 10 or more pages. Typical sections in a CV include:

  • Contact Info
  • Education
  • Teaching Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Honors, Awards, Fellowships, Grants
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Professional Memberships
  • Service
  • References

There are a couple ways to put together your CV, and you can check out our Resource Library on 12Twenty for templates and more information.

TAGS: Resume/CV/Cover Letters

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