The purpose of a résumé is to provide a concise summary of your accomplishments and experience relevant to the job for which you are applying. Your resume should help convince the employer not only of your potential contributions to the job, but also your ability to adapt to a different environment.

The are differences between a résumé and an academic CV. A CV is generally a longer (2–4 pages) overview of your educational and academic background highlighting research, teaching, publication, and presentations. CVs are required for academic positions, fellowships, and grants. In some instances, such as a research position in industry, may require a hybrid CV/résumé.

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Cover Letters

A cover letter goes hand in hand with your resume and indicates the position to which you are applying. The letter describes why you are a good fit for the specific position and hiring organization and how you meet the specified qualifications. It may mention a specific person who referred you to the position. You should almost always send a cover letter with your résumé. Cover letters should always be tailored for each position.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

CVs are needed to apply for academic positions. A CV is a thorough account of your academic, research, teaching, and presentation history. You should have your CV should be reviewed by both the CCPD and your departmental advisor to ensure that it is tailored specifically to your field.

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If you would like to meet with a career advisor to work on your documents and/or have them reviewed, you can request an appointment in Handshake. We strongly recommend you look over the document resources in Handshake (resources section) and attempt a draft document, or make edits to an existing document, before meeting with a career advisor.