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Resources for Writing CV’s and Resumes
For Graduate Students

Curriculum Vitae: Typically used for the academic or research environment; a thorough list of all your academic achievements. Includes: contact information, education/academic achievements, thesis/project/ dissertation(s), certification(s), honors and awards, competencies/skills, experience (teaching, research, work, international), publications, presentations, professional associations/memberships, and references

Resume: Typically used for the business and nonprofit environment; highlights your most related qualifications. Includes: contact information, objective/summary statement, education, honors, relevant coursework, projects, experience, activities, and professional associations.

Key Differences between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Audience:  Fellow academics in your field
Goal:  Present a full history of academic credentials: research, teaching, awards, and service
Focus:  Academic achievements and scholarly potential
Unnecessary:  Activities not related to academic pursuits
Reference List:  Always include
Length:  Flexible

Audience:  Potential employers seeking to fill a position
Goal:  Present a brief snapshot of most relevant skills and experiences
Focus:  Skills that prove job success, experiences that demonstrate the requisite skills
Unnecessary:  Complete list of publications, awards, presentations, conferences attended, and courses taught
Reference List:  Do not include
Length:  One page (no more than two pages if necessary

Online Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Development Specialist through CareerKnight
  • Register and attend one of our “Resume Writing for PhD’s” or “Resume Writing for Graduate Students” workshops to learn more about developing one of the most important tools in the job search.
  • Drop-in during “Resume Critique Hours” to have your resume critiqued.