A CV is Not a Resume. Here’s Why.

Jawaria Suhail, MD, asks our audience if they're applying for nonclinical jobs with the same old CV.

A CV is not a resume.

In the United States, a CV and a resume are two different documents.
In our everyday lives, we sometimes use the terms CV and resume interchangeably. But that does not mean that the two are the same.
Now, there are some countries where that may be true, but not in the United States.
Depending on what type of job you are going for, choosing the right document will make a lot of difference in positioning you for success.
So knowing the difference between the two and when to use them, and how to write them are important because these are both important tools used in the job search process.

A CV is an outline of your academic achievement and credentials.

It is comprehensive and lists everything you have done professionally.
And is therefore long, just the term CV itself means the story of life. It offers a complete background of your educational career.
All the presentations, publications, affiliations, titles, achievements, high-level research projects, everything.
It is used in academia, college applications, most clinical jobs, Grant scholarships, and doctoral programs.
The reason it is needed in these areas is that it gives a clear and detailed picture of your academic history.
And that detailed picture is needed by academic institutes in assessing your educational background really well.
So your CV is an organized and presentable way of showcasing your academic achievements and it lists everything in chronological order showing your academic progression.


Now what is a resume and why is a resume important?

A resume is also a job hunt tool.
But it is geared more toward the applicant’s skills and job compatibility.
It is shorter, concise, direct to the point clear, and presents the information that is needed for the job.
A resume is personalized and customized for the job at hand.
It does not list everything.

For example, you don’t need to list all of your past hospital affiliations on a resume.

The resume presents the most relevant information in the best light for a specific job.
Unlike a CV which is a standard document, a resume is tailored to the recipient and it does list an outline of jobs, skills, and experience but it does so in a shorter format.
The focus is more on your transferable skills so that you can show that you are a perfect fit for this job.

Knowing what to include and knowing what to leave out from the resume is important.

Making sure that our resumes are job-specific is important.
Knowing your skills and transferable skills and experiences that are needed for the job is important.
A resume is written with the most important information at the top and it is a resume, that is needed for most non-clinical jobs.


Tweet this:

Earn CME credit:

This learning experience is powered by CMEfy - a platform that brings relevant CMEs to busy clinicians, at the right place and right time. Using short learning nudges, clinicians can reflect and unlock AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

Uncovering Culinary Secrets

13 culinary medicine articles, released weekly. Written by a certified internal medicine physician, board-certified in culinary medicine & obesity medicine, whose focus is on prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD FACP

Navigating Your Health (with Dr. Susan Baumgaertel)

Dr. Baumgaertel draws upon her 30 years of experience as a physician in primary care internal medicine, and uses her personal story-telling style to communicate with you as if you are sitting right across from her. Pull up a chair and enjoy.

Hope Seidel, MD

Hope Seidel, MD

Our children are an invitation to our growth, and their health depends on our willingness to heal ourselves.

Richa Mittal, MD

Richa Mittal MD

“I share tools to help people live a life in balance in order to have a life well-lived.”

Support A Platform that Celebrates Real Doctors

For just $10 a month, you can help keep this openly accessible site available to all & help us sposnor in more doctors.



Drop your email to get our 5 Tips for Branding as a Professional

I acknowledge that this site is not to be used for medical advice.

Play Video
Our Founder Answers Your BURNING Question


“Why should I become a member of SoMeDocs if I already have my own space online?”