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University of Washington School of Public Health

Resumes and Curriculum Vitae

What is a Resume?

A resume outlines your skills and experiences so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to the employer's workplace. See the Resume Guide for information on how to develop a successful resume.

What is a CV?

The curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that details your academic and professional accomplishments. CV's are more comprehensive documents than resumes. They are most often used for academic or research positions, whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry. See the CV Guide for information on how to develop a successful CV.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Used when applying for positions in academia, research, grants
  • Summary of all your educational and professional background
  • Includes full list of publications
  • Space is not a premium; may be several pages in length
  • Will be thoroughly read by search committee
  • CV Guide
  • Used everywhere a CV is not specifically requested
  • Summary of related experience and education
  • Space is at a premium; one page, sometimes two in length
  • Will be scanned quickly
  • Resume Guide