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I can't see a difference between a CV and my current resume. 
18th-Dec-2012 11:05 am
I know this has been asked many times, but what's the difference? I know people say a CV contains more detail, but from the samples I've seen, my resume contains those details as well. I have down what I've done as a teaching assistant (grading exams and teaching a recitation class once a week) and a research assitant (I explained the study thast was conducted and what I did), but they're just not in full sentence format.

I asked the schools I'm applying to which they'd prefer, and they all said either a resume or a CV is fine. One said "Whichever one you think is better for the program."

Does anyone have samples of CVs that don't resemble resumes?

18th-Dec-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
In CVs, you don't list the duties you had in the position, just the position itself. Unlike resumes, CVs include lists of everything you've done - not just a selection of experience that is pertinent for the job you are applying for. CVs include lists of all your publications, awards, memberships, and conferences presentations. Normally CVs only include the academic positions you've had, but if there's a position that is relevant to your work in academia, then you might include it. Unfortunately, the word "CV" is used rather broadly so I'm wondering which CVs you are looking at. You should look at CVs from professors in your field. Many of them have them posted as pdfs on their webpages.

You're applying for an MSW, right? (I'm just remembering the SOP post from yesterday, which I believe was yours). If that's the case, I think a resume would be better as that's the type of document you're most likely to use on the job market. CVs are better when you plan to stay within academia.
18th-Dec-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
great, thank you. yes, i'm applying for an MSW :)
i looked at MSW professors' CVs, and i liked the resume more than those. thanks again!
18th-Dec-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
On the contrary, CVs seem very different from resumes. You typically do not need to list non-teaching/research positions on a CV (or it could just be that many people with CVs do not have industry experience? not sure), and on a resume, you needn't list any publications, academic service, or teaching experience.
18th-Dec-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Also, I agree with cosmicwonder that a resume would be better for an MSW. Definitely include the following sections: Education, Work Experience, and Skills. Any other sections that could potentially be helpful can also be included (e.g. Projects, Awards and Leadership, Certifications, etc.). Also unlike a CV, you only need to list things relevant to the particular program or job on your resume (so it's usually a good idea to have several different resumes), and it should not exceed two pages.
18th-Dec-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
thanks. I have my employment on my resume as well, but it has nothing to do with the program because i work in a retail store. would it look bad if i kept it on the resume? i didn't think putting it in would make a difference
18th-Dec-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
I would just keep it for now and add a few bullet points highlighting transferable skills from working in retail, like organization, customer service, etc. When you apply for social work jobs in the future, you can highlight the internship(s), research assistantship, and/or practitioner work you've done while in the grad program on your resume instead.

Eventually, once you have a job and enough eperience in the field, you can take off all the retail positions and internships (so I no longer have any internships, temp jobs, or my barista job from college listed on my resume, for example).

- Ray
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