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Curriculum Vitae (CVs)

How is a Curriculum Vitae (CV) different from a résumé?

  • CVs are primarily used when seeking academic, research, medical and education positions.
  • CVs can be longer than one page, but elaboration should still be strategic.
  • CVs typically includes categories such as publications, research and committees.
  • CVs always begin with education.

Basic Tips for CVs:

  • Do not use a template, and keep format simple, organized, consistent and clear.
  • The most important information should always be on the first page.
  • Include name of principal investigator or advisor under research experience.
  • Avoid unnecessary words such as “responsibilities included.”
  • Use phrases, not sentences, to describe your skills and experiences; start phrases with action verbs.
  • If longer than one page, include name and page number on each page after the first.
  • Do not include personal information, such as marital status, gender or social security number.

Potential Sections of a CV (only relevant sections should be included):

  • Education –  list all degrees awarded, include study abroad institutions
  • Research Experience – reverse chronological order
  • Research Interests – list them
  • Teaching Experience – reverse chronological order
  • Work Experience – emphasize related experiences and skills gained while working
  • Professional Societies – be sure to include leadership and specifics about involvement
  • Honors, Awards – include years they were received
  • Skills – include computer skills, language skills, lab skills or other tangible skills appropriate to the position or field
  • Professional Presentations – reverse chronological order or group by topical/functional headings
  • Publications – reverse chronological order in format appropriate for the field. Bold your name to emphasize.

CV Examples