Resume or CV?


Just what is a curriculum vitae anyway? A curriculum vitae (Latin for “the course of one’s life”) or CVs, also called vitaes, are basically resumes, used most often by academicians, physicians, and scientists. They are also often required when applying to graduate or professional programs, and when applying for international employment. CVs contain all the basic information that resumes contain — name, address, work experience, education, certifications, awards and honors — but usually also contain other pertinent information, such as scholarly activities (such as papers published in academic journals, presentations and workshops, creative projects, etc.), professional development, patents, teaching/course evaluations, service to the profession. Vitaes also do not have the short (1-2 page) requirement of resumes. See our article, Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), which also contains links to some helpful Web sites and lists other resources.