Both are important documents for a job search. Common elements:
What's the Difference?
Use, format, and length
The Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Literally this means "the course of one's life." It is a concise overview of your educational and scholarly background and accomplishments as they relate to your academic career goals. It is important that your vitae reflect your interests, as well as highlight your particular teaching and research strengths. There are general standards for an academic CV but there are some variations across disciplines.
When to use a CV
Admission to grad school or for a GA or TA position
In academia, the CV is the foundation of applications for employment, funding, honors/awards, or fellowships. It is important to consult with members of your department about unique or particularly important features for your field. For most ABDs and recent PhDs, two to four pages is the standard length.
What to Include
Do not include personal information such as age, sex, marital status, race, ethnic background, or religion.
CDC's Quick Reference Guide "Writing a Curriculum Vitae" provides more details
Additional Resources in CDC
An individually designed summary (usually one or two pages) of education and experience intended to demonstrate suitability for a particular position or type of position. A resume focuses attention on an individual's strongest qualifications and develops them to fit the specific or general position for which the material is provided.
Types of Resumes
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Last Updated: 3/24/10