Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Job Materials

CVs vs. Resumes 

CVs and resumes serve similar functions, but there are a few key differences. The table below provides a general comparison of the two documents. Check out these guides for writing a resume and converting a CV to a resume




Create a scholarly identity

Create a professional identity


Academic, International, Research

Corporate, Government & Nonprofit Employers


3-5 pages (for new grads)

1-2 pages


Full titles and citations; SECTIONS include education, courses taught, presentations, publications, service, etc.

Bullet points, sentence fragments; SECTIONS include education, work experience, skills & possibly coursework, academic projects & awards


Emphasizes knowledge & final product; what you contributed and created

Emphasizes skills and process; how you contributed and created

Cover Letters 

Employers often request a cover letter or letter of interest along with your resume. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills as well as your fit for the position. For general advice on cover letter content and formatting, including a cover letter template and sample, see our Cover Letter page


Anticipate stereotypes

This might include assumptions that academics:

- View non-academic jobs as a fallback plan or filler job until they can secure an academic job

- Prefer to work in solitary conditions; are bad at collaboration

- Can only write for or relate to other academics

- Are only interested in positions that involve research or teaching within a university setting

Present yourself as a professional


- Demonstrate how your past experiences translate to the role you are seeking

- Reference the job posting for language regarding desired skills and experiences

Connect the dots

- Concisely summarize your various work and educational experiences and in a way that demonstrates your fit for this new position

- Think of your cover letter as a narrative highlight reel; select the most relevant roles, details and accomplishments

- Identify skillsets used and developed in your previous roles

Make your case

- Help the employer understand how your academic experiences are relevant and valuable

- Make your fit for the position apparent AND make the argument for why the employer should choose you over other applicants

- Explain how your unique and advanced skills could benefit this specific position/team and the company’s overall goals

- Demonstrate your knowledge of the company/ industry and the job



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