First Impressions Count

People are often confused about the differences between the Resume and the Curriculum vitae. Their formats and content are different and depend upon the purpose.

Corporate, business, and industrial employers (commonly, employers in non-academic settings) use the Resume to document a potential job applicant’s education, work history, and experience. Often, the first point of contact between a job applicant and a prospective employer, the Resume must make a good first impression to elicit an invitation for a job interview. This document is often used in non-academic settings and is usually very short, one or two pages.

Headings in a Resume usually include:

  • Applicant’s name,
  • Contact information,
  • Educational experience,
  • Employment history, and perhaps,
  • Professional experiences (e.g., training), and
  • Names and addresses of individuals willing to provide personal references.

Note that depending upon the purpose, more than one version of a Resume could be needed.

The Curriculum vitae (CV) is often used in academic or research settings and provides similar but more detailed information. The CV is longer and more detailed than a Resume, and over time, the CV can continue to grow comprise many pages. Like a Resume, depending upon the purpose, more than one version of a CV could be needed.

Headings in a CV usually include:

  • Applicant’s name,
  • Contact information,
  • Education,
  • Teaching experience,
  • Research experience,
  • Publications lists,
  • Presentations lists,
  • Awards,
  • Honors,
  • Fellowships,
  • Grants sought / received,
  • Professional affiliations,
  • Professional licenses,
  • Other details as needed, and
  • Names and addresses of individuals willing to provide personal references.

The CV of a given individual can accommodate many details and will be revised frequently to incorporate new accomplishments and keep the information up-to-date. The CV of an inexperienced person, new to their field, could be 2–4 pages long while that of a more experienced person can be 40–50 pages or more.

Examples: Resume and CV

Resume (1 pg.)

Applicant’s Full Name

Mailing address, City, STATE Zip Code

Phone number

Email address

Education

12/2014      B.S., Subject; Nifty University

Experience

Nifty University, City, State

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, January 2014-present, Supervisor: Dr. Long Winded. My duties are to teach by providing students with concrete examples of processes relevant to the subject.

Running with Company, City, State

Sales Representative, May 2011-present, Supervisor: Mr. Speedy Fella. I am responsible for ensuring all customers have a positive shopping experience.

Deli Beli, City, State

Server/Cashier, March 2010-May 2011, Supervisor: Ms. Very Busy. I provided customers with a clean, friendly, and prompt dining experience while ensuring inventory was not wasted.

Big Oil Company, City, State

Cashier/General Help, May 2009-March 2010, Supervisor: Mr. Gas Attack. I provided customers with a clean and friendly environment while ensuring all inventory was stocked and displayed properly on shelves. I was also responsible for counting and depositing company capital.

References

Dr. Long Winded

Address; Phone number; Email address

Mr. Speedy Fella

Address; Phone number; Email address

Ms. Very Busy

Address; Phone number; Email address

CV (2–40 or more pages)

Applicant’s Full Name

Mailing address, City, STATE Zip Code

Phone number

Email address

Education

12/2014      B.S., Subject; Nifty University

Work Experience

08/2014-present  Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Nifty University (Dr. Long Winded, Supervisor)

08/2014-present  Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Nifty University (Dr. Red Suspenders, Supervisor)

2014  Summer Research (Dr. Fancy Pants, Supervisor)

2011-present   Sales Representative, Running with Company, City, State; (Mr. Speedy Fella, Supervisor)

2010-2011 Server/Cashier, Deli Beli, City, State (Ms. Very Busy, Supervisor).

2009-2010 Cashier/General Help Big Oil Company, City, (Mr. Gas Attack, Supervisor)

Honors and Awards

2014-2015 Family Endowed Scholarship

2014-2015 Alumni Endowed Scholarship

Spring 2014         Dean’s List

2013-2014 Fancy Scholarship

Fall 2013    Dean’s List

Professional Affiliations

2014-present                 National Googlological Society

2013-present                 State Googlological Society

2012-present                 Gamma Q

Teaching Experience

Teaching Words Teaching (as many as needed, this can be one or more pages)

Research Experience

Research Words (as many as needed, this can be one or more pages)

Professional Publications

Books:

  1. You KL and Me XY. Amorphous Components. Industrial Googlology. National Googlological Society: Washington DC., 2014.

Book Chapters:

  1. Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Corporate Components. In, Corporate Components. Other-Guy G. (ed.) Component Science Society: Seattle, WA, 2014.
  2. etc.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  1. Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Corporate Components on Earth. J Googlol Soc. 72 (1):34–39.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  1. You KL and Me XY.2014. Amorphous Components on Mars. Googlology. 15(4): 1643-1648.
  2.  
  3. etc.

Professional Presentations

  1. You KL and Me XY, 2014. Amorphous Components. Abstract #6543. 15th Annual Meeting of the Googlological Society. September 2014, Rome, Italy
  2. Me XY, You KL, and Him W.H. 2014. Patterns of Components. Abstract #7896. 73rd Component Science Conference, March 2014, Seattle, WA

Grants and Contracts

  1. 2014–2015 Me XY. Amorphous Components. Component Science Institute Research Enhancement Grant; $5000.
  2. etc.

References

Dr. Long Winded

Address; Phone number; Email address

Dr. Red Suspenders

Address; Phone number; Email address

Ms. Very Busy

Address; Phone number; Email address

 

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