How does Curriculum Vitae differ from a Resume?

CV is mainly for Academia and Resume is for Industry

  • A basic question that should be answered beforehand is the difference between a Resume and a CV.
    Going through each of the underwritten steps will help you write a systematic and meaningful Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A curriculum vita is often required for students or professionals applying to academic institutes.
  • Your chances of getting admitted into a University or Industry are enhanced if your CV or Resume is well organized and packed with details that comply and backup your academic or research goal.

How does Curriculum Vitae differ from a Resume?

  • Firstly, a resume is a short document that can be sent via e-mail to professors or universities to give them a general idea about you, your achievements and accomplishments.
  • A curriculum vitae is longer than the average 1-2 page resume.
  • A CV provides a greater amount of information, the points mentioned in a resume are expanded in a CV, and it may also include additional achievements.

For example, a CV may include the following:

  • Professional or Research Objective
  • Qualifications
  • Any Professional Licenses or Certifications
  • Education (From undergraduate degree to graduate or post-graduate)
  • Coursework you took (try to mention only those related to your academic objective)
  • Any Educational Awards or Professional Honors or Patents Association
  • Any academic research you may have done.
  • Laboratory skills, if any
  • Description of Thesis and Publications
  • Any poster presentations (e.g. at conferences)
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Work experience, if any
  • Technical and Specialized Skills- computer knowledge etc.
  • Research Interests- Present and future goals
  • Foreign languages that you know
  • Any travel you may have done for cultural or educational experience

How to Start?

Getting together an effective CV is quite a challenge because of its length, which might camouflage important points in a lengthy document. Hence, it is critical to prioritize your outstanding skills and experience to be listed in the first part of your C.V. Then add educational, employment or academic experience in detail.

Writing a resume is intimidating for everyone. What makes resume writing difficult is identifying what to include and what not to. So to make a beginning, start adding information to the headings mentioned above, or any other that you may feel necessary. Take a printout or write these topics on paper, and fill in the blanks. At each word, ask yourself the question: Does it add to the clarity of my statement or enhance my chances of getting an interview? If the answer is “no,” then rethink about it.

Tips for writing your resume

• Use bullet points with short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs. Having key phrases in bold and bulleted will help the reader catch the point in one glance.

• Include about 1-inch side margins, and slightly lesser top and bottom margins.

• Use eye-catching words like prepared, managed, developed, monitored, and presented, they will make your resume to stand out.

• Highlight your strengths and put your strongest points in the beginning, so that the reader gets an idea about you at a glance.

• Be concise and specific. The font size should not be too small, and the length of your resume should be 1-2 pages.

• Get an opinion on your resume from your friends or family before sending it out. Their comments and questions might help you find points which you left off your resume, or they may find something that is confusing to the reader.

• Proofread your resume, reduce unnecessary words. Eliminate any grammatical mistakes and misspelled words; it ruins your impression on the reader’s mind. Some Do Nots for Your Resume

• Don’t lie or make things up, never inflate your skills or accomplishments.

• Don’t use pronouns (“I”, “a,” “the”). These tend to take up extra words, reduce the impact of your accomplishments and slow down the reader.

• Don’t include personal data such as marital status, date of birth, height/weight etc. as these may be used for illegal discrimination.

• Don’t repeat the same action words over and over. Include a mix of terms like accelerated, delivered, directed, established, initiated, or reengineered.

• Don’t use unnecessary detail in your resume to write your accomplishments. Nobody has time to go through paragraph-sized bullet points. Limit each bullet to one to two lines of text.

• Avoid jargon abbreviations and acronyms. You might know that AACR stands for American Association of Cancer Research, but others might not.

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