RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE?

*First Impressions Count*

People are often confused about the differences between the Resume and the Curriculum vitae (CV). Their formats and content are different and depend upon your purposes. It is a good idea to update the content you include in either document regularly as your experiences grow: it is easy to forget accomplishments and experiences that might be valuable additions. Further, you may need more than one version of your resume or CV.

Corporate, business, and industrial employers (commonly, employers in non-academic settings) use the Resume to document a potential job applicant’s education, work history, and experience. Often, the first point of contact between a job applicant and a prospective employer, the Resume must make a good first impression to elicit an invitation for a job interview. A Resume is usually very short, one or two pages.

Headings in a Resume usually include:

• Applicant’s name,
• Contact information,
• Educational experience,
• Employment history, and perhaps,
• Professional experiences (e.g., training), and
• Names and addresses of individuals willing to provide personal references.

The Curriculum vitae (CV) is often used in academic or research settings and provides similar but more detailed information than a Resume. The CV is longer than a Resume, and over time, the CV can continue to grow and will comprise many pages. The CV of an inexperienced person, new to their field, could be 2–4 pages long while that of a more experienced person can be 40–50 pages long or more.

Headings in a CV usually include:

• Applicant’s name,
• Contact information,
• Education,
• Teaching experience,
• Research experience,
• Publications lists,
• Presentations lists,
• Awards,
• Honors,
• Fellowships,
• Grants sought / received,
• Professional affiliations,
• Professional licenses,
• Other details as needed, and
• Names and addresses of individuals willing to provide personal references.


 

EXAMPLES: RESUME AND CV
Information below illustrates the kinds of information that could be presented in a Resume or CV. Follow these links for examples with better formatting: Resume or CV. Usually, simpler formats for either a Resume or CV are better for the reader. Additionally, a simple format allows for accurate electronic scanning, which can be important.


 

    RESUME (1 pg.)

APPLICANT’S FULL NAME
Mailing address, City, STATE Zip Code
Phone number
Email address

EDUCATION
12/2014 B.S., Subject; Nifty University

EXPERIENCE
Nifty University, City, State
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, January 2014-present, Supervisor: Dr. Long Winded. My duties are to teach by providing students with concrete examples of processes relevant to the subject.
Running with Company, City, State
Sales Representative, May 2011-present, Supervisor: Mr. Speedy Fella. I am responsible for ensuring all customers have a positive shopping experience.
Deli Beli, City, State
Server/Cashier, March 2010-May 2011, Supervisor: Ms. Very Busy. I provided customers with a clean, friendly, and prompt dining experience while ensuring inventory was not wasted.
Big Oil Company, City, State
Cashier/General Help, May 2009-March 2010, Supervisor: Mr. Gas Attack. I provided customers with a clean and friendly environment while ensuring all inventory was stocked and displayed properly on shelves. I was also responsible for counting and depositing company capital.
REFERENCES
Dr. Long Winded
Address; Phone number; Email address

Mr. Speedy Fella
Address; Phone number; Email address

Ms. Very Busy
Address; Phone number; Email address


 

    CV (2–40 OR MORE PAGES)

APPLICANT’S FULL NAME
Mailing address, City, STATE Zip Code
Phone number
Email address
EDUCATION
12/2014 B.S., Subject; Nifty University
WORK EXPERIENCE
08/2014-present Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Nifty University (Dr. Long Winded, Supervisor)
08/2014-present Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Nifty University (Dr. Red Suspenders, Supervisor)
2014 Summer Research (Dr. Fancy Pants, Supervisor)
2011-present Sales Representative, Running with Company, City, State; (Mr. Speedy Fella, Supervisor)
2010-2011 Server/Cashier, Deli Beli, City, State (Ms. Very Busy, Supervisor).
2009-2010 Cashier/General Help Big Oil Company, City, (Mr. Gas Attack, Supervisor)
HONORS AND AWARDS
2014-2015 Family Endowed Scholarship
2014-2015 Alumni Endowed Scholarship
Spring 2014 Dean’s List
2013-2014 Fancy Scholarship
Fall 2013 Dean’s List
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2014-present National Nanological Society
2013-present State Nanological Society
2012-present Gamma Q
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Words Teaching (as many as needed, this can be one or more pages)
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Research Words (as many as needed, this can be one or more pages)
PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS
Books:
1) You KL and Me XY. Amorphous Components. Industrial Nanology. National Nanological Society: Washington DC., 2014.
Book Chapters:
1) Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Corporate Components. In, Corporate Components. Other-Guy G. (ed.) Component Science Society: Seattle, WA, 2014.
2) etc.
Peer-Reviewed Articles:
1) Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Corporate Components on Earth. J Nanol Soc. 72 (1):34–39.
Peer-Reviewed Articles:
1) You KL and Me XY.2014. Amorphous Components on Mars. Nanology. 15(4): 1643-1648.
2) etc.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
1. You KL and Me XY, 2014. Amorphous Components. Abstract #6543. 15th Annual Meeting of the Nanological Society. September 2014, Rome, Italy
2. Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Components. Abstract #7896. 73rd Component Science Conference, March 2014, Seattle, WA
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
1) 2014–2015 Me XY. Amorphous Components. Component Science Institute Research Enhancement Grant; $5000.
2) etc.
REFERENCES
Dr. Long Winded
Address; Phone number; Email address

Dr. Red Suspenders
Address; Phone number; Email address

Ms. Very Busy
Address; Phone number; Email address

Author: CMW

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