What is a CV?

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. A CV presents a summary of your academic credentials and work experience. A CV is generally used by those who have completed a master's or doctoral program and are applying for academic teaching or research positions; they are also used as part of the application package to graduate programs. 

Difference between a resume and a CV 

While both resumes and CVs present your expertise to potential employers, the similarities between the two documents ends there. A resume is designed to market a specific skill set for a specific position and is the expected document for non-academic job searches. Alternatively, a CV is designed to present a complete picture of your academic and research qualifications (gained through education, teaching and research), that also includes a record of presentations and publications, and tends to be longer and more detailed than a typical resume; it is the expected document when applying for academic positions or entry to a graduate program. 

Note: Some employers use the terms CV and resume interchangeably which makes making knowing which document to use confusing. As a general rule, assume that applications within academia call for a CV and applications outside of academia call for a resume unless otherwise stated. 

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