The Peabody Career Services team helps students prepare the materials they need in the professional world. The following resources outline ways to craft effective résumés, CVs, cover letters, bios, reference lists, statements, and more.
When submitting documents to prospective employers, always customize them and be sure to speak to all of the duties and qualifications listed in any position announcement. Before you apply for jobs and other opportunities, contact us to review your documents.
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Résumé vs. CV: What’s the difference?
A résumé concisely lists your education, experience, awards, skills, professional memberships, and community service in 1 or 2 pages. Performance resumes submitted in application for orchestra jobs should be one page in length.
A CV (Curricula Vitae – “course of life”) provides more extensive documentation of a person’s experience in a format comparable to that of a résumé and may extend for many pages. CVs are commonly used by musicians applying for academic positions. See examples below of both resumes and CVs.
Handbooks and Tips:
We submit a cover letter, also called a “letter of interest” or “statement of intent,” when we apply for a job. In it, we state that we are applying for a particular opportunity and summarize how an opportunity fits our qualifications and objectives; we might also describe our artistic vision as well as how we might carry out some of the required duties. Such a letter is typically one page long and showcases our writing skills.
In addition to exploring the following resources, search online for guidelines and examples.
Musicians need bios for websites, concert programs, media promotions, and more. A common length is 150-250 words structured in concise paragraphs. Keep the paragraphs short and apply basic principles of good writing: vary sentence structure and length, employ active verbs, limit your use of adjectives and adverbs, favor shorter over longer words.
Additional guidelines for writing musician bios:
Peabody students who need help creating written material for courses can sign up for tutoring.
Current and former employers make ideal references, as do colleagues with whom you work professionally. Your instructors are also valuable references but may be viewed as your advocates; if possible, avoid including too many instructors on any reference list.