Resumes and CVs
Explore our Resume Guide:
- Tips for creating or improving your resume
- Tailor your resume to be a perfect fit for a particular opportunity
- Use our checklist to ensure your resume includes all relevant information
Both a resume and CV (curriculum vitae) are documents that outline your education, experience and skills. However, they differ in their purpose and layout.
- When applying to a job in the U.S., a resume is almost always the preferred document.
- In many other countries, a resume is known as a CV. However, the term CV refers to a different document in the U.S.
- In the U.S., CVs are most commonly used in academic environments, such as when applying to graduate school, jobs in academia or research positions.
- CVs are more detailed than resumes and may be many pages long, while resumes are concise, usually only 1-2 pages in length.
- CVs include more details on academic accomplishments including research, publications and teaching, while resumes focus on work experiences, education and skills.
*Note- for details about what to include in a resume, see our Vandal Resume Guide (PDF).
Possible categories to include in your CV:
- Education and training
- Research experiences
- Teaching experiences
- Work experiences and internships
- Projects, works, exhibitions and performances
- Certificates, licenses and credentials
- Publications (authored or contributed to)
- Conferences and workshops (attended or presented)
- Fellowships, grants or other funding
- Skills such as languages, technical, computer
- Service, volunteerism and leadership
- Areas of knowledge, expertise or research interest
- Awards and accomplishments
- Affiliations or memberships