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Resume/CV, and LORs 
5th-Dec-2012 10:43 pm
Two topics:

I know many people send CVs instead of resumes, but which would be best for an MSW? I know a CV goes into detail, but aren't there more acitvities on a resume? The schools I'm applying to as for either one, so does one outweigh the other?

Also, I need 3 LORs, and I already know 2 I'm definitely going to use:
1. A professor I had for 3 classes, and that I was a teaching assistant for twice.
2. A researcher (PhD) in my school that I was a research assistant for. (though i'm going into the medical field)

I am currently volunteering at a hospital (i am going for my MSW, but at the hospital, I volunteer with geriatrics), and my supervisor said she would write a letter for me, but should I try to get another professor instead? I know she'll write a great letter, and the other professor I'd use is someone I had twice and don't really know personally. There's also an older grad student who said she's write a letter for me, but I think my supervisor's letter would weigh more with the grad schools.

Who do you think would be the best candidate for my third LOR?

Thank you!
6th-Dec-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Do not have an older grad student write a letter for you, that would carry very little weight. Your supervisor sounds like a good choice for an MSW recommendation letter, as they tend to be a bit more career-focused anyway and it's in an area with some relevance to the work, and they could write a good letter for you.

As for the CV vs. resume thing, if they'll take both then send either one you've got prepped. Usually the difference is that the CV is more academically focused and the resume is more work focused, so pick whichever one would put you in the best light if you have neither.
6th-Dec-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
What kind of "activities" are you worried about leaving off of a CV?

Also, why do you keep deleting your posts here? It's not against any rules, but it seems odd that you keep asking questions, getting a few answers, deleting, and then asking related questions. Why not just ask for clarification in the same post?
6th-Dec-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
idk i guess all the activities would be on a cv. i already have a resume set up, so i'mjust being lazy and don't want to type up a cv.

I didn't want to clog the board with a bunch of small questions, and didn't know if the question would be at the top of the board. i have questions that come up as i go along the app process
7th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about that - basically, things go by pretty fast, and most people see this on their friends' page. It is helpful to leave questions and answers up though, so that other people can also benefit from them.
7th-Dec-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
very true about the questions helping others - thanks :)
6th-Dec-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
1) Definitely get the supervisor from the hospital to write the third LoR. Definitely.
2) Call each school you're applying to and ask if they'd prefer a resume or CV.
6th-Dec-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
thanks! i'll definitely ask the schools
12th-Dec-2012 07:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, MSW's tend to like 1-2 practitioner letters--use your supervisor fir the third LOR writer, for sure.
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