What is a CV?
A Curriculum Vitae acts as a living document that you will continue to add to and revise over the lifetime of your career. The main objective of a Curriculum Vitae is to highlight your education and accomplishments to demonstrate your academic potential. Choosing which to use will vary based on the purpose of your CV, as well as what experience you intend to highlight. A resume is short and tailored to a specific job posting and typically no more than 2 pages. The goal is to highlight the knowledge, skills and attributes you bring that fulfill the job requirements. A resume is highly curated and does not need to include all items a CV would have.
A Curriculum Vitae can be:
- CVs are very often used in Europe and other countries but you will want to ensure what the opportunity specifically asks for. If unsure, please contact the employer to clarify whether they prefer a resume or CV document.
- A CV is commonly used for application of postgraduate studies, academic positions, post-doctoral positions, professional programs, graduate school, scholarships, fellowships, medical residencies, research experiences, or research opportunities.
Curating your CV
- For Academic CV’s: Because they tend to be more general and less targeted by nature, prioritize the sections that are more marketable by placing them closer to the top, while moving less relevant sections closer to the bottom.
- Although some necessary elements exist, sections can be moved around to ensure that the most favorable are prioritized higher up within the document.