Should I have a resume or a CV?

A curriculum vitae — often called a CV or vita — tends to be used more for scientific and teaching positions than a resume. CVs provide great detail about academic and research experiences. CVs can be lengthy, often exceeding 3 pages. Resumes should not be more than 2 pages.

Some examples of sections that are appropriate in a CV are:

  • Publications (Books, Chapters, Journal Articles, Peer Reviews)
  • Presentations
  • Teaching Experience
  • Professional Development (Memberships, Conferences)
  • Certifications and Trainings
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Research Interests and Case Studies
  • Professional and University Services

Schedule an appointment to have your materials reviewed and consult with a career advisor on whether you should create a CV or a resume.

Helpful Resources

CV Samples and Resources

Should my resume be one or two pages?

“No matter what the length, the resume must be concise and capture attention on the first page, preferably the first third of the first page.”

If you have a great deal of relevant experience and projects that speak to your qualifications for positions you are targeting, you may not be able to stick to one page. If you must develop your resume into two pages, follow these guidelines for a professional and effective look:

  • Have a primary page and a secondary page.
  • Condense or expand? If page two of your resume consists of less than one-third of the page, it may be better to condense to one page. If your content of page two is a little more than one-third of the page and you just can’t omit any more content, then get creative in using more white space by broadening your margins and adding space between sections.
  • Make sure that you list sections and details in order of importance to the reader and to the position. This will ensure that your most relevant qualifications are on the upper-half of the first page. Your “extracurriculars”, less relevant experiences and less recent accomplishments move to page two.
  • Do not break your page in the middle of a section. It may seem tedious, but you should arrange your information so that a new section heading begins on page two.
  • Have a running head. You do not need your entire header on the second page of your resume, however naming the document in a running head helps an employer keep pages in order.
    Ex: Megan Scott, page 2 of 2 or Christopher Jones, resume pg. 2


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