The most valuable thing about a resume is the process of writing it. As you write your resume — which may mean taking your CV and turning it into a resume — you develop greater self-knowledge and stronger convictions about your past accomplishments and ability to make future contributions.

A Learning Process

Choosing the experiences to highlight and emphasize can be enlightening and productive as you launch your search. Remember: the resume is a tool to get an interview, but it will not get you a job. It is your first marketing tool.

CV vs. Resume

What is it?

  • CV: A full list of your professional and educational history. Usually each experience is included in detail.
  • Resume: A summary of your pertinent experience and skills. A resume is selective about what is highlighted, depending upon the position being targeted.

How long is it?

  • CV: Usually several pages.
  • Resume: Usually one page, sometimes two pages, but only if you have extensive experience.

When do you use it?

  • CV: Used for academic positions and research positions.
  • Resume: Used for every other type of job outside of academia and research science.

Do you include your publications?

  • CV: Yes.
  • Resume: No, unless position is research in industry or similar type of position.

How important is style and layout?

  • CV: Although content is most important, style does matter.
  • Resume: Style and content are important.

Other information to include?

  • CV: Title of your dissertation, overview of your dissertation, titles and description of courses you have taught, all of your awards, your academic adviser and committee members' names, references, conferences attended and publications.
  • Resume: None of the above, except some of your most noteworthy awards, and in some cases your thesis title.