The differences between your CV and resume

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When it comes to finding a physician job, many opportunities will most likely require a CV. You’re probably familiar with the term and have an idea of what your CV should look like, but do you know how it differs from a standard resume?

Resumes give information about education and work history and can also include career objectives and a summary statement. The most common resumes will provide contact details, an introduction, education, work history and relevant skills.

In order to provide a prospective employer a snapshot of your experience and skills, a resume should be kept to about a page in length. It is also more of an overview to get the interview – where you can expand upon the information within your resume and cover letter.

A curriculum vitae – or CV – is a more thorough representation and complete history of your academic credentials and work experience and skillset. It can vary in length and does not need to be limited as you want an accurate depiction and representation of your expertise. You want to format your CV to include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Academic achievements and education history
  • Licenses and credentials
  • Leadership and research expertise
  • Residency and fellowship training
  • Grants and awards
  • Publications, lectures and presentations


For physicians and advanced practice providers, it is almost always best to use a CV rather than a resume. You’ve completed extensive schooling, received licenses, possibly published research and have an area of expertise. Your specific knowledge and skills are required to work in the medical industry, so you want to showcase them and allow your prospective employer to get a feel for your education and professional history prior to an in-person interview. During the interview, you can speak to the details on your CV and provide an in-depth look at some of the information, so don’t overly go into detail in writing your CV.

When completing your CV, be honest, thorough and include all achievements, awards and licenses. You want to stand out through your accomplishments to get the interview and prove why you are the right fit for the job.

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