What is the Difference between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume?


Curriculum Vita (CV)

  • What is it?  A summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors and affiliations.
  • How long should it be?  There is no page limit.
  • What is it used for?  Typically for graduate school and academic positions including faculty openings, assistantships, and internships; also grant, scholarship and fellowship applications.

Resume

  • What is it?  A synopsis of the most relevant professional experiences you have for the particular job for which you are applying.
  • How long should it be?  One to two pages in length.
  • What is it used for?  Typically, you will use a resume when you apply for business, industry, governmental, and non-profit jobs.  The main purpose of the resume is to help you get an interview.  A polished resume is your chance to make a good first impression with potential employers.