Curricula Vitae (CVs) versus Resumes

The term curricula vitae might sound more sophisticated than the term resumes, but that doesn't mean it's the preferred document to send to potential employers. As explained in a handout on curricula vitae (CV) versus resumes, part of a larger series of handouts on specific writing types, a resume may be the better way to go. Beyond offering an overview of each type, the resource outlines elements to consider when creating a resume or CV, such as font size and formatting.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Share sample resumes or curricula vitae from professions learners hope to pursue
  • Invite an employee from a local company's human resources department to review student resumes or CVs
Classroom Considerations
  • Some resources included apply only to those at UNC
Pros
  • Uses bullet points to highlight each key element of a CV and resume
Cons
  • Links to additional online sources lead to larger sites rather than specific pages within them
Common Core