Curriculum vitae vs résumé

Curriculum vitae is a Latin phrase that literally translates as course of life. A curriculum vitae is a document most often written when applying for a job. A curriculum vitae includes information about the writer’s academic background including areas of interest, degrees, grants and awards, publications, presentations, teaching experience, honors and other achievements. Other information included in a curriculum vitae is employment history, other experience, membership in scholarly or professional organizations and other life experiences, as well as a list of references. A curriculum vitae is detailed and comprehensive, it may run for many pages. The plural of curriculum vitae is curricula vitae, the abbreviation for curriculum vitae is CV. For the most part, the curriculum vitae is used when applying for jobs in countries outside the United States, as well as for academic and scientific positions inside the United States.

A résumé is a much shorter document written when applying for a job. A résumé is tailored to fit the job one is applying to. Generally, a résumé is no longer than one page, listing academic degrees earned and work experience. Résumé may also mean a quick summary of events. Resume and resumé are also accepted spellings of résumé.


Click’s curriculum vitae (academia’s glorified, lengthy version of a résumé), available on MU’s website, chronicles an eclectic set of interests that she studies at taxpayer expense, including Twilight, Martha Stewart, and more. (The Daily Caller)

Based on his CV (curriculum vitae), he has worked his way through various roles in the global conglomerate including technical and sales, and then manufacturing and business development for health care, consumer, and industrial businesses. (The Manila Bulletin)

You can have all the experience in the world, but if your résumé doesn’t stand out — or if it does, but for all the wrong reasons — nobody will take the time to look at it closely enough to see all that great experience, says Amanda Augustine, a career advice expert for TopResume. (The Business INsider)

Your resume will get a quick once-over from the hiring manager, so your resume has to give the strong and immediate impression that you were born and raised to perform the job the manager is trying to fill. (Forbes)

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