Resume vs.
Curriculum Vitae

Written by Alanna Vitucci

Northcentral University students and alumni often work full-time in their field(s) of expertise while teaching part-time at local universities. Doing so requires juggling both a current resume and curriculum vitae (CV).

A resume is appropriate for all positions – with the exception of educational and scientific fields – even if you have a master’s degree. According to Eric Hellige, manager of career services at CareerBuilder, “In most cases, a CV is only appropriate for those with a terminal degree (such as an Ed.D., Ph.D., D.B.A.) seeking a college lecturer, adjunct and tenure-track faculty, academic leadership, or research positions.

So what’s the difference between the two?

Resumes focus on one’s career highlights and are at most a few pages long. They include your:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Professional memberships
  • Appropriate licenses
  • Awards

A CV, on the other hand, is extremely detailed and often spans more than 20 pages. CVs include all the information found on a resume plus:

  • Your research and teaching history;
  • Publications your writing has been published in (listed in APA format);
  • Presentations and poster sessions you have given (again, listed in APA format); and
  • Grants and fellowships applied for and awarded (including funding amounts).


It is important to note that a resume is primarily a North American concept. Outside the United States and Canada, a CV is commonly used for all job applications. “While an international CV is similar to a North American resume, additional personal information is often considered standard. This may include listing your nationality, date of birth, marital status, or other factors that can vary from country to country,” says Jeevan DeVore of CareerPerfect.com and Monster.com.

Four Best Practices that Apply to CVs and Resumes:
1. Proofread obsessively to ensure there are no typos
2. Add your contact information to each page in case they become separated once printed
3. Use a professional email address and save janesmommy@hotmail.com for your friends
4. Use a professional looking design