CONVERTING YOUR RESUME TO A
CONVERTING YOUR RESUME TO A CURRICULUM VITAE AND
What is the main difference between a CV and a Resume?
A resume is a marketing tool – a clear and concise summary of your education and
experience no longer than 1 page. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement.
A CV contains most of the information in a resume but in addition can include separate
sections for any teaching experience, research, publications, presentations, grants,
professional affiliations, awards and sometimes references. A CV is a much more
detailed list of your educational and professional background and is usually 2 or more
When do I use a CV as opposed to a resume?
In the US, the general rule is that a CV is used for an academic or research oriented job
application. A resume is appropriate for most other job searches.
However, when applying for a job in Europe, Asia or Africa, candidates should expect to
have to submit a CV rather than a resume for all jobs. A CV in Europe traditionally
includes more personal information than would otherwise be appropriate to include on a
US style CV (see below for more information).
A CV should always be accompanied by a cover letter which can focus on the skills and
accomplishments that are most relevant to the particular job. This is your opportunity to
draw out key features that you want to bring to the employers attention.
How do I convert my CV to a Resume?
Identify the Specifics
Converting a CV to a resume requires research and preparation. A resume should address
the specific skills and experience that the particular job demands. What are the key skills
and qualifications which the employer requires? What are the personal qualities they are
looking for? The resume should be tailored specifically to the job you are applying for
and should be restricted to information which demonstrates why you would be an asset t