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 a potential employers, the similarities betweeen 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), 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 making knowing which document to use a confusing process. 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.

Need help with your CV? Call us at 905-828-5451 or drop by the Career Centre to book a CV critique. Also, check out the "Academic Work Search Essentials: A Guide to the Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Dossier, and Interview." book available at the Career Resource Library in the Centre.