Masters & PhD – Preparing Resumes

Depending upon your degree or career goals, you may need to prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume, or both. The information below can help you determine which is more appropriate for you. If you need additional help, schedule an appointment with a career counselor by calling 856-225-6046.

Resume/CV Critique Service
  • Drop off your resume, CV and/or cover letter at the center, or email to:
  • Resumes/letters will be critiqued within a 24 – 48 hour period.

Sample Resumes

Additional Resources
  • Writing the Curriculum Vitae: From The OWL (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
  • Go Government – Create Your Federal Resume: Advice and samples from the Partnership for Public Service.
  • Difference between a CV and Resume; Information from Rutgers University Career Services.
    • Curriculum Vitae: Typically used for the academic or research environment; a thorough list of all your academic achievements. Includes: contact information, education/academic achievements, thesis/project/dissertation(s), certification(s), honors and awards, competencies/skills, experience (teaching, research, work, international), publications, presentations, professional associations/memberships, and references
    • Resume: Typically used for the business and nonprofit environment; highlights your most related qualifications. Includes: contact information, objective/summary statement, education, honors, relevant coursework, projects, experience, activities, and professional associations.
Differences between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Resume


Fellow academics in your field

Potential employers seeking to fill a position


Present a full history of academic credentials: research, teaching, awards, and service

Present a brief snapshot of most relevant skills and experiences


Academic achievements and scholarly potential

Skills that prove job success, experiences that demonstrate the requisite skills


Activities not related to academic pursuits

Complete list of publications, awards, presentations, conferences attended, and courses taught

Reference List

Always include

Do not include



One to two pages