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What is the Difference Between a CV and a Resume?


Definition: The most noticeable difference between most CV's and most resumes is the length. Entry level resumes are usually limited to a page. CV's, however, often run to three or more pages. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to present it in as concise a manner as possible.) A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity, the goal of a CV is quite specifically to construct a scholarly identity. Thus, your CV will need to reflect very specifically your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.
Also Known As: CV, vita, curriculum vita (incorrectly)
Common Misspellings: cirriculum vitae, curriculum vita
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