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CV on a type writer

Curriculum Vitae

A Curriculum Vitae is typically more detailed than a resume. Here are tips for writing and formatting CVs, as well as examples.

  • What is a CV?
    • CVs are similar to a resume, but list more details and can be as long as needed. 
    • A CV is commonly used in higher education and focuses on academic pursuits. It is also used in applying for research positions in industry and as documentation in grant proposals.
    • Internationally, the terms “resume” and “curriculum vitae” may be used interchangeably. Be sure to check with the company or organization to determine what it is needed. A resume/CV for a position with a company/organization outside of the United States will often have different requirements. Contact the Career Center for more information on international resumes/CVs.

  • Writing and Formatting a CV
    • Like a resume, order the categories from most to least important, and list items in each category from most recent to oldest. 
    • Be accurate and concise; edit for grammar and spelling issues. Career Advisors can help with reviewing your CV.
    • Use consistent, conservative fonts and approximately 0.7-1 inch margins all around. Format neatly and organize logically.
    • Focus on accomplishments rather than simple duties. Numbers and percentages add a sense of tangible proof—use whenever appropriate. 
    • It is important to use the language of your field, but avoid the overuse of jargon, acronyms, and abbreviations.
    • Cite publications accurately and in the style typical to your field. (MLA or Chicago for humanities. APA for business, psychology, and most sciences.)

  • Possible Categories:
    Like a resume, order your CV categories by the importance in your field and what you wish to emphasize. The categories you list first will tend to get read and noticed first. 

    Possible categories include:

    • Name, email, phone number, mailing address, links to portfolio and/or  your LinkedIn URL
    • Education and training
    • Work experiences, internships, assistantships
    • Research experiences
    • Teaching experiences
    • Administrative experience
    • Areas of knowledge or interest
    • Projects, works, performances
    • Certificates, licenses, credentials
    • Advising/mentoring
    • Publications (authored or contributed to) including: articles, books, dissertation, thesis, other scholarly works
    • Conferences, workshops, and programs attended and/or presented
    • Skills such as: languages, technical, computer
    • Leadership
    • Fellowships, grants, or other funding
    • Service activities (community, college, profession)
    • Academic awards and accomplishments
    • Affiliations or memberships
    • International experiences
    • Other awards and honors (outside of academia)
  • CV Examples