CV HANDOUT MATERIAL
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What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A curriculum vitae, often referred to as a CV, A Curriculum Vitae (CV) provides a comprehensive overview of your scholarly and academic achievements and professional accomplishments.
· A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the standard document in the US for presenting your qualifications for academic employment.
· A CV provides a comprehensive overview of your academic achievements and professional accomplishments.
· A professional CV is not subject to the brevity and page requirement of resumes and are, in most cases, several pages long.
· Other than research positions or corporate “partnerships” with institutions of higher education, CVs are generally inappropriate for most jobs in the public and private sector in the US.
· Unless a CV is specifically requested, assume all academic positions at four-year universities (and some community colleges) require CVs and all other positions require resumes
When to use it
It is common to use when applying for:
- Academic and research positions
- Grants, fellowships, and awards
- Some graduate school programs
- Overseas employment and international organization(each country may have a differnt format for CV's. Do you research.
Differences between a CV and a Resume
Sections of a CV
Required Sections for your CV
- Name, email, phone number, mailing address, links to portfolio and/or your LinkedIn URL
Common Sections for your CV
- Teaching Experience ( courses taught)
- Research Experience
Other Possible Sections for Your CV
- Works in Progress
- Research Interests
- Other Professional Experience (clinical, consulting, fieldwork, etc.)
- Professional Training
- Professional Service
- Memberships or Professional Affiliations
- Dissertation or Thesis
- Academic Service
- Special Training
- Research Techniques/Computer Skills/Laboratory or Other Specialized Skills
- Additional Activities
- Volunteer work/Service Activities
- Committee Assignments
- Community Involvement
- Study Abroad
- Book Reviews
- Conference Presentations
Formatting your CV
- Use a standard font like Times and Helvetica, 10-12 point
- Use text formatting to make information easy to find (i.e., bold, bullets)
- Include your name on every page, and a page number
- Put most relevant and compelling information at the top
- Avoid the overuse of jargon, acronyms, and abbreviations
- Know your audience
- Split long lists into subcategories
- Highlight results and accomplishments – not just tasks
- Quantify and qualify
- Break up long sentences
- Be consistent
- Absolutely no mistakes allowed
- Ensure that all entries within each section are in reverse chronological order
- Save it in a pdf document, and name it with your name and date, such as "J.CohenVita2010.pdf"
- Keep in mind that overseas employers often expect to read personal information such as birthdate, marital status, nationality, etc., as well as a personal photo.
For a complete handout of Curriculumn Vitae information click here
If you have specific questions or concerns, contact an adviser via email or phone