CV Writing

How does a CV differ from a Resume?

A CV (curriculum vitae) is often required for those applying to graduate or professional programs, employment with international firms, or when promoting oneself within professional and academic fields.  It is typically longer than the average 1-2 page resume because it provides a greater range of information which can include:

  1. Professional, vocational, or research objectives
  2. Summary of qualifications
  3. Professional licenses or certifications
  4. Education including post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate degrees and studies
  5. Listing of relevant course work to match career or academic objectives
  6. Educational or professional honours and awards
  7. Scientific or academic research, laboratory experience and related skills
  8. Description of thesis or dissertation, papers written and publications
  9. Academic or professional presentations
  10. Related extracurricular activities, professional and association memberships
  11. Community involvement
  12. Work experience – paid or volunteer
  13. Technical and specialized skills
  14. Interests – future academic or professional goals
  15. Foreign language skills
  16. Additional information that may support objective or qualifications

Cover Letter Writing Strategies:

An effective cover letter:

  1. Builds rapport with the reader
  2. Reads easily
  3. Is interesting
  4. Uses personalized salutations
  5. Has a reader focused or ‘employer focused’ emphasis
  6. Highlights connections and/or networks that you may have established with the company, employer or another employee
  7. Pays attention to details