Today’s vocabulary building word is actually a Latin phrase: “curriculum vitae,” meaning literally “the course of life.” Like a resume, your curriculum vitae, or “CV,” gives the details of your work and professional history, but also includes your academic background, personal achievements, and any awards and recognitions you have received.

The term “curriculum vitae” and “resume” are often used interchangeably, but you might be more likely to hear “curriculum vitae” in an academic setting, such as a college or university.

Example:

“To help you get the best job, be sure to list your professional certifications on your curriculum vitae.”