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Curriculum Vita or Resume? What’s the Difference?

The basic differences between a résumé and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included in each document, and what each document is used for. A résumé is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. It is brief and concise, usually no more than a page or two.  (The preference is to keep it to one page.)  In contrast, a CV is a longer (at least two pages) and more detailed synopsis.

There are different ways of talking about these documents. The word résumé, which is French for “summary,” is the overall standard in the United States. However, the word vita goes by several variations. A vita, which is Latin for “life,” is sometimes called a CV. CV is short for the Latin phrase curriculum vitae, which can be loosely translated into English as “course of life.” So, CV, curriculum vitae, and vita all refer to the same document.

The CV
A CV is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages. It contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments, such as publications, awards, honors etc.

CVs tend to be organized chronologically and should be easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions.  The difference would be in the cover letter.

The Résumé
A résumé, is a concise document typically no longer than one page. The employer/reader will not dwell on this document for very long. The goal of a résumé is to make an individual stand out from the competition.

The job seeker should adapt the résumé to every position they apply for.  It is in the applicant’s interest to change the résumé from one job application to another and to target it to the needs of the specific position. A résumé is a highly customizable document.

The three major differences between CVs and résumés are the length, the purpose and the layout. A résumé is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The résumé will be tailored to each position, while the CV will stay the same and any changes will be in the cover letter.

A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual, while a résumé’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. The main difference between a résumé and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history.  A résumé is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.

Usage around the world
A résumé is the preferred application document in the USA and Canada. Americans and Canadians would only use a CV when applying for a job abroad or if searching for an academic or research oriented position.

In the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, a CV is used in all work environments.  Résumés are not used at all. The CV prevails in mainland Europe and there is even a European Union CV format available for download.

In Germany, the CV is more commonly known as a Lebenslauf. Applying for a job requires more documentation than in other countries. German employers want a lot of information about a candidate even before they make their first decisions on who to accept for an interview, so you must send them a packet with a cover letter, a “Lebenslauf” (CV), a passport photograph, school certificates, and testimonials of previous employment.

In Australia, India and South Africa, the terms résumé and CV are used interchangeably. The term résumé is used more for jobs in the private sector and a CV is more commonplace when applying for public service positions.

Questions regarding your résumé or CV can be addressed by your career advisor in the Career Services office during Walk-In hours (M-F, 1:30-3:30pm), or by appointment. In addition, Career Services has information, and sample resumes and CVs  specifically for Davidson students on their website to use as guides.


Pre-Med and Life Sciences Internships for Summer 2012

Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences for 2012 are provided here.  Search for opportunities that meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Biomedical research
  2. Located in a medical or clinical setting
  3. Located in a medical school or health science center
  4. Has “biomedical” as a descriptor
  5. May be of particular interest to pre-med students

In addition to the valuable experience and good pay that an internship will give you, very many of the opportunities listed on this website (see below) also provide travel reimbursement, housing and meals. Don’t let concerns about living expenses or the location of an organization posted on this website prevent you from checking out an exciting and challenging  Internship position! If travel support, housing and meals are provided, this information will almost always be included in the details about the Internship that can be found by clicking on the internship website next to the organization’s name and location.

Pre-Med Internships for Summer 2012

Summer Health-Related Internships and Opportunities for 2012

There are many summer internship opportunities in health related fields. Most programs have application deadlines in January, February and March.

Opportunities are available in the following areas:
Research | Clinical | Public Health | Dental Medicine | Veterinary | International Opportunities | For Disadvantaged/Underrepresented Minority Students

These links are provided for your convenience and do not represent an endorsement by the Davidson College Office of Career Services, or Swarthmore College.  Click on the link of the areas you are interested in to find out about details, deadlines and requirements.  Start now to look for summer internships as positions will be competitive.

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters

We are sharing an article written for college students in the career advice section of the Wall Street Journal.  Read the entire article because it lays out important advice on managing your professional future and preparing for the current job market.  The most important points:
– Start your job search early and use career services
– Gain professional experience through summer and academic year internships.  It is pretty much a requirement for post-graduate employment.
– Apply to jobs now and meet with employers visiting  campus
– Network with alumni, family, friends and other contacts.  People on the inside of organizations can provide you with the best lead on jobs.

Read the full article here

Summer Internships in Medical and Scientific Research

Interested in medical or science related internships for summer 2012? Compilations of internship sites can often be found online through colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Click this link to find a list of sites that have been compiled through Columbia University in the following areas:

  • biology
  • biomedical lab research
  • ecology and environmental research
  • marine biology – internships and courses
  • “other areas of biology” – primate behavior,  opportunities at the Smithsonian, computational and systems biology, etc.
  • programs for minority and “disadvantaged” students
  • summer courses
  • internships in the New York area

Please note that not all sites have been updated yet for the 2012 year, so keep an eye out for updates as the year continues.

It is recommended that you start searching now, as some of these application processes take a while to complete.  Many require pulling together your transcripts, letters of references, writing a personal essay, etc., and are competitive.  Good luck!

The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships

The Pamela Harriman Fellowship Program is a nationally competitive and highly selective fellowship program, offering a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses.  Fellowships are open to eligible juniors and seniors throughout the United States.

The Fellowships provide funding for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C.

The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. The Awards are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris.

Selection Criteria:
The Fellowships are open to students who:

  • Are chosen by the Department of State for internships in London, Paris, or Washington, DC
  • Are U.S. Citizens
  • Are enrolled as sophomores continuing on to their junior year, juniors continuing on to their senior year, or seniors continuing on directly to graduate studies
  • Show evidence of substantial scholarly research and/or creative projects
  • Show evidence of leadership, public service, and commitment to community
  • Demonstrate an excellent academic record.
  • Obtain an institutional endorsement from candidate’s college/university.
  • Strong, detailed letters of recommendation:  two total, at least one of which are from faculty who have taught the student.

The names of State Department interns who have authorized the Department to provide their information to other organizations will be forwarded to the Pamela Harriman Fellowship Board for consideration.

The Harriman Fellowship Board will then invite eligible candidates to apply for the Fellowship and provide application instructions.

For more information on the Pamela Harriman Fellowships:

Fellowship Timetable:

Application Process:

General Information About the State Department Internships:

Specific Application Information and Forms About the Harriman Fellowships:

Apply for State Department Internships by November 1st

Applications for the U.S. Department of State’s Summer 2012 Student Internship Program are now being accepted.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2011.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.

PLEASE NOTE:  Remember that the USAJobs.gov website will be down and transitioning from Oct. 6-12, and may have periodic shutdowns after Oct. 12th, as well. For this reason, we encourage all interested students to apply as soon as possible.

USAJobs.gov Website Down October 6-12, 2011

USAJobs.gov will transition to a new system October 6-12, 2011. During this time, the ability to conduct job searches, apply for jobs or receive application status updates will not be possible. Employers will not be able to post any new jobs. Even after the transition is complete, there may be sporadic, unannounced shutdowns.  Check here for updates on the USAJobs.gov website.

For those applying for U.S. Department of State opportunities, you are encouraged to complete your application prior to October 6, if possible, to reduce the possibility of system problems preventing an on-time submission.

At this point, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) does not anticipate a need for extending any application deadlines. However, Career Services will monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes.

For those applying for State Department Internships:
The application deadline is November 1st.  However, it is recommended that you apply immediately to avoid any glitches that may arise due to the website transition.

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

Links to institutions offering undergraduate research programs are provided here through the American Physiological Society.  Opportunities cover all scientific areas of study. Please note that some applications are still in the process of being updated for the 2012 academic year. Check back periodically for updates.

Please note: Research each program thoroughly. In some cases the programs are offered only for students of the institution. In other cases, the opportunities are open to any undergraduate student who applies. Many of the programs offer stipends and housing, while others do not. The sponsoring researcher must be a member of the American Physiological Society.  (See the FAQ section at the top of the list.)

If you have questions regarding any programs, call or email the contacts listed. These programs are not affiliated with Davidson College, but are provided as resources for Davidson students seeking summer research opportunities. Good luck as you begin your search.

Are You An Idealist?

Exploring the possibility of doing a summer internship for a nonprofit next year?  If so, be sure to put Idealist.org, at the top of your resource list.

The mission of Idealist is to “connect people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.”

In addition to internships, you can “connect” into information on full-time jobs, volunteer opportunities, fellowships and research information on nonprofits organizations, “around the world.”

Idealist also sponsors a Grad Fair each year in a variety of locations. This year, UNC Chapel Hill is hosting the Idealist Grad Fair in the North Carolina region.  The date is Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  If you are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in social services, public policy or international development, plan to attend.  If you are unable to attend the fair on this date, check Idealist for other dates/locations.

Your “Idealist” opportunity is just a click a way.