CV Quick Tips
Bachelor's and Master's level
PhD level CV's
At this level, industry standards vary dramatically for different career fields. You may need a full CV for certain opportunities, and a shorter, tailored resume for others. You need to talk with advisers in your area to learn best practices for CV-writing at your level. The Career Studio Team can offer general feedback, but we won't pretend to be experts in your particular field.
When do you need a Curriculum Vitae?
Curriculum Vitae is Latin for "a life's course." In a job application, a CV lays out the full course and chronology of your academic and professional path. You need a CV for opportunities that depend upon your full range of qualifications, such as applying to graduate programs, fellowships, and academic scholarships. In these cases, the admissions committee may be interested in your academic achievements, work history, research and teaching experience, projects, publications, presentations, leadership, volunteerism, and anything else you've been up to.
Resume or CV?
- 1 page limit for all undergrads and recent grads
- Appropriate for most jobs, especially entry-level jobs
- Includes only the experiences and skills relevant to a specific opportunity
- Different versions of your resume may look and sound very different
- As many pages as needed
- Appropriate for academia and academic jobs
- Includes all academic pursuits and achievements, as well as all work experiences
- Includes as many sections as possible, covering all of work, research and academics