A curriculum vitae or CV is a comprehensive biographical statement (usually 3+ pages) that emphasizes qualifications/activities and is organized so most relevant areas stand out: It should be clear, concise and consistent. Unless a CV is requested, send a resume.
WHEN WILL I USE A CV?
Other cultures often expect a CV, but the expectations vary greatly. Please research CV writing tips and strategies for other countries as they will differ from the tips provided here.
In the United States, a CV is often used in higher education in the following ways:
- To focus on academic pursuits, omitting material not directly related to educational background/achievement.
- To address faculty roles such as teaching: courses taught/developed, research, service, professional memberships and
- To seek teaching or research positions.
TO GET STARTED
Brainstorm everything you can imagine to include, both educational and professional history. Then, decide what to include and exclude. Write a draft and experiment with format and relevant information. Adapt your CV to fit various needs, and update your information at least once a year.
FORMAT AND STYLE
- See style and layout (margins, font size) suggestions in Resume Tips page.
- Your name and page number should appear on each page.
- Do not include religion, race, ethnic background, photo, marital status, dependents, sex, age, height, weight.
The following people should review your CV before you send it out:
- Professional who knows you well enough to spot any significant information you may have omitted
- Professional who does not know you well (important choice since most of your readers will fall into this category)
- Hiring personnel officer you know
- Career Services staff member