What is a curriculum Vitae or CV? Learn how to write a CV, if it is different than a resume in the United States, when to use one and if you should have both a resume and a CV. If you've never heard of a CV before, this video is a great place to start, Stacey Gordon will help you understand what is and when to use it.
- The term, CV, or curriculum vitae, is sometimes used interchangeably with a resume. But there are actual technical differences in usage and in layout. In America, much of the country is quite unaware of the existence of the CV. Because a resume really is the standard for obtaining a job, in most cases. If you search the term, CV, on the Internet, you will find pages of articles detailing how to write a resume. So it's no wonder you might be a little confused.
A CV is a document that extends far beyond a resume. It is mainly used in academic, scientific, technical and medical related fields but it's also used to obtain a fellowship or grant. Content is one of the two main differences between a CV and a resume. In addition to the usual sections of a resume, such as Education, Professional Experience, Summary, or Memberships and Awards, a CV will include Research, Fellowships, Detailed Technical Skills, Teaching Experience, Publications, Manuscripts, Citations and Public Presentations.
Additionally, the Education and Awards or Honors section will more than likely be greatly expanded. And will include a dissertation or thesis title. I realize that was a rather long list of headings, so take a look at the Exercise Files, where you can view a sample U.S. CV. Because of this expanded content, the second main difference between a CV and a resume in America, is its length. While a resume will not usually be more than two pages, a CV will be significantly longer.
Depending upon how many journals you've been published in or research projects you've been involved with, the page length of your CV can extend into double digits. Even in the academic community, you can apply to more and more jobs online, so you need to be able to adapt. And it's increasingly likely that you will need both a resume and a CV. Having both will mean that you will always be prepared, regardless of what type of job opportunity comes your way.
But even when a CV is the style of choice, a resume can be used to touch on the main points of the position and be submitted along with the CV. Doing this shows you are a savvy professional who understands the differences between academic and non-academic environments, are flexible enough to adapt your skills to each situation and have thought about the application process sufficiently to know that you need to condense your CV to make it easy for perspective employer to view your submission.
Having an understanding of how a CV works in the U.S. will help you create the right resume, for the right role and increase your chances of success.
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
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- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.