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CV (Curriculum Vitae)
A curriculum vitae (Latin term meaning "course of life") is a comprehensive document which aims to highlight all your wonderful professional experiences and education. Unlike a resume, a CV does not adhere to a page limit and thusly encompasses all your accomplishments. This document is mostly utilized for academia and research positions.
- Includes diverse experiences
- Comprehensive biographical statement, focusing on professional qualifications and activities
- Demonstrates full professional history and experiences
- Most often utilized for higher education and research positions
- No limit to number of pages
- Includes summary of educational and experience-based qualifications
- Conveys a fit for a specific position
- Focuses on candidate’s strongest and most relevant qualifications and experiences
- Most often utilized for industry positions
- One to two pages in length
- Start by making a list of all your background information, and then organizing it into categories
- Is everything in my CV directly relating to the position? (e.g. employment, graduate school, scholarship)
- Am I emphasizing all the qualifications my audience wants to see?
- Did I include the most relevant information first?
- What skills and/or trainings do I want my audience to know? (e.g. research experience, clinical experience, awards, scholarships, language skills, presentations, publications)
- Did I clearly reflect my accomplishments?
- Have I consulted with a professional on what I should include in my CV?
- In general, my CV should be:
- Clear – well organized and logical
- Concise – relevant and necessary
- Complete – includes everything I need
- Consistent – do not mix styles or fonts
- Current – Up-to-date
*Note that CV length and content is dependent on breadth of experience
- Start with contact information
- Full name
- Permanent mailing address
- E-mail address that won’t expire
- Phone number
- List educational degrees (most recent first)
- Emphasis and minors
- Title of honors project/thesis/dissertation
- Research Experience
- Include supervisor’s name and project title
- Clinical Experience
- Include supervisor’s name
- Teaching Experience
- Honors and Awards
- Service and Leadership Involvement
- Optional Headings
- Campus/Community Involvement
- Specialized Training
CVs are a record of your educational background and academic experiences. Every person will have a unique set of skills and array of experiences that tell their "professional" story. Therefore, it is important to keep your CV up-to-date.
Consult with a professional in your field to determine what you should include in your CV. A student applying for graduate school will have different information than a student applying for a faculty position.
Always remember to tailor your CV to your audience. Career Services is here to help!