By Melissa Wyatt, Toppel Peer Advisor

Many times in the Branding Lab, we’ll be asked the same question: “What makes a CV different from a resume?”

A resume is a concise and easy-to-scan document of your skills and career highlights. You would use a resume to market your skills to an employer in private sector, public sector and non-profit jobs.

A CV (curriculum vitae) is a guide to everywhere you have been academically and professionally – all relevant experiences should be included. A CV, unlike a resume, can be as long as is necessary. You can use a CV to apply to graduate school, fellowships, academic or research-based positions, and careers abroad. 

Here’s a list of topics commonly covered in a CV:
–       Educational background
–       Relevant Coursework
–       Research
–       Teaching/field experience
–       Skills
–       Publications
–       Presentations
–       Certifications
–       Professional affiliations
–       Honors and awards
–       …And more! 
Does a CV sound like it suits your needs? Read on!

While there is not one specific way to write a CV, it is important that yours is carefully edited. Even though a CV doesn’t have a length limit, it should not contain any fluff. Your experiences should be relevant.

Similarly to a resume, position descriptions should start with action verbs and be tailored to what you’re applying for. Use the formula “What I Did + Skills I Used = Results I Got” to further develop each statement. Also, be sure to use bullet points – this makes the document easier to read.
One last pointer: consistent, easy-to-read formatting is crucial. Be sure that your sections are well organized and ordered logically. 

If you have any more questions or need assistance with your CV, you can stop by the Toppel Career Center for walk-in advising anytime from Monday-Friday, 9AM-4:30PM or schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance. Good luck!