Curriculum Vitae versus Professional Resume

What is a CV?

I’d like to clear up some confusion on this subject because I have a lot of clients who want me to write them a CV (or Curriculum Vitae) without really know what one is.

In short, a CV is really just a fancy term for an academic resume. In the United States, a Curriculum Vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

This of course is in contrast to a Professional Resume. A resume is used in just about every industry outside of academia and is a crucial aspect of the hiring process in the corporate world. The format of a Resume is typically much different from that of a CV, which tends to be more functional, with a focus on education, and include extras sections for publications and the like. A good business resume will generally be more chronological in format and highlight a completely different set of work-related skills.

I hope that helps to shed some light on the issue!


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