Often, employers will ask you to submit either a resume or a CV. Many international companies use “CV” interchangeably with “resume,” but in most cases the preferred format is a one-page resume. While both document your skills and experiences, there are distinct differences between the two. Unless you have extensive research experience and are applying to graduate schools or post-baccalaureate fellowships, you should create a resume rather than a CV. Learn more about resumes or make an appointment with a career advisor to determine which document you need.
You Need a CV if…
You are applying for academic or research positions, fellowships, grants, PhD programs, or medical school AND
You have a wide range of research, publications, presentations, and professional experiences AND
Your relevant experiences, qualifications, research, and teaching take up more than one page AND
You have multiple professional references, awards, or honors.
Education, Awards/Honors, Research Experience, Relevant Professional Teaching Experience, Presentations, Publications, Professional Organizations, Activities, and References
There is no single style or format for a CV, but sections should be arranged in order of relevance and the items within each section should be listed chronologically
Sample job-specific CVs can be found on the career center pages of most universities. For example, MIT has sample CVs at https://gecd.mit.edu/jobs-and-internships/resumes-cvs-cover-letters-and-linkedin/cvs.
Both resumes and CVs should be tailored to fit the specific positions. Creating a master resume or CV with all your experiences and activities is a good way to start, which you can then adjust for each job description.