When it comes to applying to programs beyond the undergraduate level, understanding the difference between a Resume and CV, and which one is appropriate to use can be confusing. Allow us to simplify:


A resume is a document, usually no longer than one page in length, designed to give employers a quick and targeted overview of your skills and qualifications for a specific position within an organization.  When applying for a job, your resume is the appropriate document to send. 


A CV, (also called a curriculum vitae or a vita), is much longer, and can be anywhere from 2-20 pages, depending on an individual’s level of education and list of accomplishments. CVs are designed to inform readers about your life accomplishments, especially within the realm of academia. When applying to graduate, professional, law, or medical schools, submitting a CV will give readers a more complete idea of your ability to thrive in their program.

TIP: A program will usually specify which document they want attached to your application. In instances where this is not the case, use your best judgment as to which document makes more sense for the context, or simply ask a recruiter politely which one they would prefer to see. 

Click here for more specific guidelines on how to write effective resumes and CVs.