Curricula Vitae

Journey onCVs are most commonly used in academia and healthcare fields in the United States. International employers, however, may prefer a CV for job applications regardless of industry.

Although some people use the terms “curriculum vitae” (also called a CV or a vita) and resume interchangeably, these documents have a few key differences.

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Resume

Page length

  • No page limit - content determines length
  • 3-4 pages for Master's level
  • 10+ pages for Doctorate level

 

  • Usually 1 page
  • 2 pages for experienced professionals

Content

  • Emphasis on academic preparation and research, teaching, and publications
  • Includes all academic and research experience
  • Each section's content listed in reverse chronological order
  • Extensive tailoring to job description
  • Emphasis on work, volunteering, and student organization experience
  • Snapshot of relevant skills and experience
  • Each section's content listed in reverse chronological order

Education Section

  • List all college degrees earned or in progress with names of institutions, locations, and dates completed/expected
  • Include the title of thesis and/or dissertation and advisor names as appropriate
  • List all college degrees earned or in progress with names of institutions, locations, and dates completed/expected

Experience Sections

  • Can be organized into multiple themed sections, such as Teaching Experience, Research Experience, Relevant Experience, Volunteer Experience, Laboratory Experience, Clinical Experience, etc.
  • Can be one Experience section, themed, or divided into Relevant Experience and Additional Experience

Additional Sections

  • Include publications, research/teaching interests, professional development, professional accomplishments (grants, fellowships, etc.), and professional memberships
  • If applicable, Skills section should include specialized lab, language, and software skills
  • Include Activities, Honors and Awards
  • If applicable, Skills section should include relevant lab, language, and software skills

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