Curriculum Vitae

If you plan to apply for positions in academia, higher education, science, research, government, or even for certain business or consulting firms, you may be required to submit a curriculum vitae, also referred to as the vitae or CV. This is quite different from a resume. A CV is lengthier and requires much more detail. Plan early in your studies to present at professional conferences, to publish, to participate and lead committees, etc., and keep excellent records of all these professional experiences for your CV.

The Differences between a Resume and a CV

There are several differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume. The main difference is that a CV is an organized list of ALL your education and professional experiences, while a resume is a skills-based SUMMARY of your education and experience as it relates to a specific career objective. Resumes tend to be 1–2 pages in length. In contrast, a curriculum vitae is longer, and not limited in length. A CV includes your:

  • Educational and academic backgrounds
  • Skills and experience
  • Teaching and research experience
  • Publications
  • Grants and fellowships
  • Presentations
  • Awards, honors, and licenses
  • Affiliations and professional associations