A resume is a brief, concise document that summarizes your background. It is tailored to the purpose for which it is being used, whether to seek an internship, a post-graduation job, admission to graduate school, etc. Your document is just one element in your process of applying for positions or graduate school admission. Your resume (along with your cover letter) can be a critcal tool as employers screen applicants for interviews.
A curriculum vitae (definition and singular and plural forms on Merrian-Webster) is a document that gives much more detail about your academic and professional accomplishments. Also referred to as a CV, it is most often used for academic or research positions, whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry.
Correctly listing your Virginia Tech degree can be confusing.
Is your undergrad degree a B.A. or a B.S. or something else? Is your graduate degree an M.S. or M.A. or doctoral (not doctorial!) degree.
Do you need to include the word "degree?" The protocol is to include "degree" when referring to "bachelor's degree" or "master's degree," and to leave it out in the case of "bachelor of arts in English," or "master of science in chemistry."
More informationl on VT degrees, appropriate listing, capitalization and possessive:
- Correct names and abbreviations of VT degrees
- VT undergraduate degree and major titles [University Registrar]
- VT graduate programs and degrees [Graduate School Catalog]
- University Style Guide - Degrees and abbreviations [University Relations]
- University Style Guide - Possessive and capitalization [University Relations]
Beware of resume templates! You are unique and your resume won't be exactly like anyone else's. Ultimately your content and your goals (internship, post-grad job, grad school admision) will factor in to shaping your document. Guidelines to get you started:
There are many ways to convey your resume to prospective employers. Consider the likely journey of your resume as you do your final edits.
We don't have to mention typos, do we? Sometimes your resume (and your cover letter) include the only information an employer has about you. Present yourself well!