What is the difference between a resume and a CV?

A resume is a narrowly focused presentation of your work history, usually prepared for a job interview. Informally, a curriculum vitae is a broader presentation of your professional background that can include your work history, as well as related documents that showcase various aspects of your career.

Academics use a specialized CV to include information on their teaching and research. Overseas (particularly in the UK, Canada, Europe and the Middle East), a two-page CV is requested (containing more tangential information), rather than a one-page resume.

For American executives, some of the components of a curriculum vitae might be helpful during your job search. For example, during an interview, you can bring case histories, work samples, charts, graphs, collateral materials or an additional leave-behind document focusing on a specific area of your professional expertise.

An association manager, for example, might submit a cover letter, resume, list of meetings and events he’s managed, a list of the websites he’s overseen and a list of articles he’s written on association management.

A fundraiser or director of development might include a page of campaigns she’s executed and amounts each raised. She might also include a list of events she’s run (e.g., golf tournaments, casino nights, etc.).

The Houston Chronicle asked Steve to explain the difference between these two presentations. The article explains the different components of a CV and how they can benefit you during a job search.

If you’d like a more robust presentation of your qualifications, experience, project work, work samples and employment history, Steve can help you create a comprehensive, effective CV.

Steve does not offer formal CVs for academics or overseas CVs. Educators should find a Certified CV Writer or other academic CV specialist for help with that type of CV.