Curriculum Vitae

Following are some frequently asked questions regarding curricula vitae.

What is the difference between a résumé and a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

Primarily, the difference between a résumé and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the purpose, content and length of the document. Résumés are typically a short one- to two-page summary of your education, work experience, and skills. The goal of a résumé is to be short and concise since most readers spend only a few seconds skimming a résumé.

A CV, however, is a longer and more detailed document. Your CV will include a summary of your educational and academic experiences, as well as any teaching or research work, awards, honors, presentations, publications, affiliations, and other information.

When should I use a CV?

A CV is mostly used when applying for academic, scientific, and research, positions. You will probably also be required to submit a CV when applying for fellowships or grants. Depending on your purpose for using the CV, you may need different versions for different types of positions. International CVs often include information that would not appear on a U.S. CV or résumé. Different countries have different expectations.

What do I include in a CV?

Just as in a résumé, your CV will include your name, contact information, eduction, work experience and skills. In addition, your CV will also include any research or teaching experience, grants or fellowships you have been awarded, publications, professional associations and licensees, and any other information that is relevant to the position you are applying for. When applying to overseas employers, be certain to research the information they will be expecting to see on your CV. Many times, they will expect to see the information that would never be expected when applying for an American job. This information could include birth date, place of birth and nationality.

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