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What’s the difference between a CV and a resume? Does an RN need a CV?

Question:

Dear Donna,

Someone I met at a networking event asked me to send them my CV. I thought CVs were mostly for college professors or nurse practitioners. I am neither. Honestly I am confused about what to do.

Confused

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Confused,

Curriculum Vitaes and resumes are two different types of documents. However, many people use the terms CV and resume interchangeably. CVs are longer more expanded versions of resumes and are used primarily in doctoral-driven environments such as academia, publishing, advanced practice and higher level research. An actual CV is not needed in most other employment situations and would overwhelm, and probably turn off, the reader.

You don’t mention why this person asked for your CV. But regardless of the reason, I suspect that person simply wants to see your traditional resume and is one of those folks who uses the term CV in place of resume. I would send your resume along with a note asking that person to let you know if they want/need any more detail from you.

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-10-22T00:00:00-04:00 October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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