CV vs. Resume
There is not a standard definition of “curriculum vitae,” “CV,” or “vita,” but generally the focus is more on academic preparation, research, and publications than in a résumé. Another significant difference is that a vita is not limited by length. A master’s level vita may be three or four pages, while those with doctorates may have vitas of ten or more pages in length. Content determines the length.
Vitas have no set format. It is best to consult with professionals in your field about what to include and appropriate layout. Be complete but concise. The order of sections is determined by your strengths. Experienced candidates may begin with experience; inexperienced candidates may begin with educational background.
In addition to being used in the fields of education and often health care, many international employers will prefer a vita. Check out our Working Abroad page for more information.
CVs don't need to include every section or category listed below, but it is important to highlight the information most relevant to the position you are seeking. Be strategic about the arrangement of your sections within your CV. List more relevant sections towards the beginning of your CV and less critical sections towards the end.
- Contact Information - name, address (home and/or office), phone number and e-mail address
- Professional Development - additional trainings, certifications, and workshops you've attended or completed
- Research/Teaching Interests - relevant experiences to the position you are seeking
- Specialized Skills - technical skills related to your discipline
- Service - a listing of your involvement on university, department or community committees
- Presentations - poster presentations, workshops, seminars, panels and conferences
- Professional Accomplishments - honors, awards, fellowships and grants
- Publications - cite them in the format appropriate to your discipline
- Experience - can be organized into multiple sections, including (but not limited to): Teaching Experience, Research Experience, Relevant Experience, Volunteer Experience, Clinical Experience, Laboratory Experience, etc.
- Education - all college degrees received and currently pursuing, institutions, locations, dates completed or expected. You can also include thesis and/or dissertation titles and advisor names for graduate degrees.
- Professional Memberships - relevant memberships to your field