A curriculum vitae, or "CV", is a professional document designed to illustrate the depth of your professional training, skills, and accomplishments in a particular field. CV’s commonly encompass a description of your educational background, research experience and professional accolades.
How Does a CV Differ From a Resume?
CV’s provide much more information than the typical one page resume. Depending on the degree of experience, the length of a CV can range between two to eight pages. The notable differences can be attributed to the functional underpinnings between the two documents. As noted in our resume development section, a resume should be a brief and succinct summarization of your qualifications to capture the attention of an employer. With a CV you have the freedom to include detailed information that allows employers to gain a broader understanding of you as a promising professional.
CAUTION: Although you may be elated at the thought of avoiding the frustrating process of summarizing yourself in one short resume page, you must remember that submitting a CV instead of a resume is not always appropriate.
When Should I Submit a CV?
Many people find themselves submitting a CV when applying for positions in education or health care industries. A variety of graduate school programs also require a CV to be submitted in the application process. Typically, CV’s are used by people who have obtained or are pursuing a doctorate degree or master's degree. Applicants are encouraged to contact the employer or admission committee to ask if a CV is recommended if it is not clearly stated.
What is Included in a CV?
- Details on educational background including degrees and certificates accrued, master’s thesis and/or doctoral dissertation, honors and awards, and GPA
- Summary of relevant work experience
- List of publications authored
- Licenses, awards, classes taught
- List of research papers/posters presented at conferences
- Professional association membership(s)
- Grants and Fellowships
Quick Tip- The best way to get an idea of what to include is to view CV’s of established professionals in your field. This will provide a good format to follow and give you more insight into the degree of qualifications that are needed in the field.
- Think about ways to incorporate your Transferable Skills on your CV. Use this resource to start thinking of those skills
- You can use these ideas to describe your experiences in a different way or consider creating a more comprehensive skills section in your CV that includes your technical skills and your transferable skills
- Sample CV 1 with Transferable Skills Added
- Sample CV 2 without Transferable Skills Added