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Hello, I am applying to comparative literature programs, but I included a resume instead of a CV. I do have some work experience (I taught an ENGL 100 class, worked as a tutor at the Writing Center), and obviously I have memberships and a few awards (non-academic, though), so I thought it would be best to simply include everything in a resume. However, upon reflection, it seems to me that including a resume instead of a CV seems unprofessional, even though all schools wrote "include resume OR cv." or wrote "include resume/cv." I thought it would be pretentious to write a CV seeing as I don't have THAT much I could put on it, so I opted for a very organized resume that's one page, instead.

What do you guys think--big mistake, or not?

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I don't think the adcoms will be particularly judgmental about whether you submitted a cv or a resume. If it's organized, looks good, and contains everything you wanted to say, then it's a complete document, and that's what matters! In fact, if you think a cv would have look like you were trying to fit your credentials into a weird format, making it longer without any reason, for example, then a resume might be better! Plus, since resumes are more job-experience focused and the job experience you mentioned is applicable to English/writing/lit stuff, I think you're still making a strong claim about your relevant experience. So, I guess, to ME that sounds perfectly reasonable...but then again, who knows what how adcoms think??!?

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I submitted a resume instead of a CV last year, for the same reasons you did, and did well in admissions. I don't think it matters at all which one you submit.

Hello, I am applying to comparative literature programs, but I included a resume instead of a CV. I do have some work experience (I taught an ENGL 100 class, worked as a tutor at the Writing Center), and obviously I have memberships and a few awards (non-academic, though), so I thought it would be best to simply include everything in a resume. However, upon reflection, it seems to me that including a resume instead of a CV seems unprofessional, even though all schools wrote "include resume OR cv." or wrote "include resume/cv." I thought it would be pretentious to write a CV seeing as I don't have THAT much I could put on it, so I opted for a very organized resume that's one page, instead.

What do you guys think--big mistake, or not?

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