Monday, June 20, 2011

Resume versus Curriculum Vitae

What’s the Difference?

A Curriculum Vitae, or CV, is often confused with a resume, which makes sense when certain countries use both terms interchangeably. Here in Canada, however, there are significant differences between the two, and it is important to know when to use the correct document.

Generally speaking, the resume is used when applying for various employment opportunities in the private or public sector. CV’s are reserved for applying to post graduate programs and academic teaching/research positions. A resume is strictly 2 pages max, focusing on your previous/current work & volunteer experiences. The skills you’ve developed and areas of specialization are important to highlight. A CV may include some of the above, but attention is given to: academic accomplishments, publications and presentations, teaching and research experience, awards and grants etc. CV's also typically include at least 3 references, whereas the resume does not include references.The goal of the CV is to present a full history of your academic credentials that can read from 3 to 10+ pages.

So when in doubt, always provide a resume to an employer unless specifically requested. For more information on resumes/CV’s or to have yours reviewed, visit our Career Resource Centre!

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