Resumes and CVs are documents that summarize and highlight education, experiences, and activities relevant to career goals. A well-constructed resume documents skills and helps convince an employer about skills and qualifications for the job or internship. A CV documents graduate research and teaching experience as well as publications and presentations. The resume or CV usually is the gateway to an interview.
Resumes should be:
- One page to impress prospective employers with what you have learned and accomplished while at UNC, although graduate students resumes may be longer.
- A targeted document that helps employers clearly see the value you will bring to the organization.
- Updated every semester.
Optimal Resume, an online resource, allows you to create several versions of your resume and save them online, making them readily accessible to you at a later date.
A CV is similar to a resume because it provides an overview of professional and educational experience. The difference between the two primarily lies in content and purpose. A CV is more appropriate for graduate students applying for teaching and research positions.
See the Related Files for resume and CV samples, resume and CV writing process, resume checklist, and calculating a combined GPA.
To ensure your resume or CV is on target get it reviewed by scheduling an appointment with a counselor or coming in during walk in hours Monday-Friday 1-4pm.