What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?
The most significant difference between a résumé and a CV is the audience.
- A CV speaks largely to an academic audience and documents your academic and intellectual accomplishments.
- A resume is read by hiring managers in a nonacademic organization and should be tailored to this group.
- Both must provide a persuasive account of your specific skills and experiences as they relate to a specific job. One of the biggest differences between a résumé and a CV is in the audience.
Which one do I need?
Most jobs in the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations in the United States will ask for a resume. Faculty application packets require a CV.
If you are applying for a nonacademic research-oriented position, an administrative job at a university, or a community college position, it is possible that you will want to include information traditionally found on a CV, but in a document that is no more than two pages.
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