3 Curriculum Vitae (CV) “course of life” Much more detailed than a résuméSummarizes your educational background & experiencesCan be useful to your references when writing letters for you; awards, consulting….
4 CV vs. Resume CV Résumé May be 1 to 30+ pages Usually 1-2 pages More suitable for academic institutions, nonprofitsDoesn’t have “objective” but may have brief statement of research interestsOften tailored to specific institutional type or emphasisFormat is conventional and conservativeRésuméUsually 1-2 pagesMore suitable for corporate jobsOften contains a “career objective”Usually generic and used for a range of jobsFormat may be graphically creative
5 2 uses of the CVIn the United States, a "CV" or "vitae" is "a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities." It is used in pursuit of an academic or research position.In other countries, the CV is the standard résumé, although the format and some of the information may differ from customary practice in the U.S.
6 CV contentsDependable contact information; include web page if professional and adds valueEducation (include degree status, advisor, dissertation title, completion date)Teaching experiencesResearch experiencesEmployment (professional)Honors, awards, patentsGrants, fellowshipsPublicationsPresentationsSpecial skills, languagesService (professional)Licenses and certificatesProfessional organizations and conferencesComplete reference contact information (mail, phone, , fax)May have short (2-3 sentence research summary)
7 A typical CV starts with … Higher Education:Ph.D., university, location, datesDissertation titleAdvisorGraduate Certificates or other certs.M.A. university, location, dateThesis title (optional)B.A., major, university, location, date(Could add study abroad experience, etc.)
8 ExperiencePlace highlights and strengths first in order of most recent experienceTailor the order in which you list your experiences according to the job requirements and emphasesRequired info for experiences:Title, dates, institution, location (city/state or city/country)Description of dutiesUse statements NOT sentencesFormat with bullets at the beginning of each statement (paragraphs are too much to read)Begin each statement with an action verbUse present tense if still performing in a certain jobUse past tense for jobs in the past
9 “Experience” may be multiple sections Teaching ExperienceResearch ExperienceClinical ExperienceRelevant non-academic experience ….Use organization of your CV to highlight information relevant to the particular position
10 Other categories might include Research OverviewConsulting Experience, Academic ServicePresentations and PublicationsCommittee WorkRefereed Journal ArticlesAdvisingOutreachConference Presentations Workshop PresentationsInvited AddressesColloquiaEditorial AppointmentsBook ReviewsGallery TalksKeynote AddressesAreas of Expertise (Specialization, Competence)Graduate PracticaInternshipsSpecialized Training/SkillsTeaching AssistantshipsAwardsGrantsFunded ProjectsExhibitionsLanguagesProfessional Membershipsetc….
11 Your CV Should be concise, well-written (clear, jargon-free) Proofread carefully – no misspellings or grammar errors, get details correctProfessional look and feelBe realistic and honestCommunicate degree status appropriatelyEasy to scan visually and organized so that important information is easily found12-point font, easily readableSingle-sided printing; white paperYour name on every page; pages numberedNo gimmicksNo offensive or provocative language or examplesConsistent formattingHigh-quality printing or pdf
12 Important PointsThere is NO one best format – you may have a couple of versions depending on the type of institution to which you are applying (teaching vs research emphasis).Know what styles and formats are common in your discipline.Citation formats should be in appropriate disciplinary style (APA, MLA, Chicago, …)Look at lots of CVs, and get lots of feedback, before you submit yours.
13 DOInclude relevant informationReverse chronological orderProvide accurate contact information ( address that you check regularly; phone with voic )Include information about undergraduates and/or graduate students you have mentored in researchDon’tInclude GPA, birth date, Social Security #, Marital status, hobbies, sex, race, religion, politics, exam scores, high school activities, license numbersMix font stylesInclude “non-professional” addresses or other non-professional information
15 As a graduate studentGenerally you will lump together more categories on your CV than will faculty. As you gain experience you will want to refine categories and distinguish more types of experiences.“Publications," for you, might include everything. Later on you will definitely need to distinguish between "Refereed Articles" and "Articles" and "Reviews" and "Book Reviews," etc… Make sure and know what the norm is for your discipline!More experiences call for more specific categories