Answered By: Cassandra Thompson
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016     Views: 51

The Career Center has a lot of recourses that can help you when writing a CV:

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a detailed, lengthy, and structured listing of education, publications, projects, awards, and work history. The CV should address your aptitude, experience, and skills and display your education related to a specific position. A CV is mostly utilized in academia, the medical sciences, law, and research-related careers.

When is a CV Appropriate?

  • Application for positions in academia or research
  • Applications for some fellowships, scholarships, or grants
  • Application for graduate and professional school

Possible Sections to Include in a CV

  • Name and Address
  • Academic, Research, and
    Appointments
  • Certifications
  • Education
  • Educational Travel
  • Grants Received
  • Honors/Awards
  • Language Skills
  • Memberships
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Professional Presentations
  • Publications
  • Special Skills/Interest Areas
  • Special Training
  • Work Experience

Formatting Your CV

  • Prioritize the information on your CV, and provide it in chronological order.
  • Devote more space to the most important aspects of your background.
  • Consider developing more than one CV if you are applying for different positions.

Visual Aspects of Your CV

Similar to a résumé, a CV should be well structured, concise, and easy to read and follow. A CV differs from a résumé in the sense that a CV can be as long as it needs to be. When developing your CV, consider the following.

  • Set 1-inch margins all around
  • Font type and font size should be consistent throughout the CV
  • Use 12-inch font size
  • Adequate white space is essential
  • Be consistent with where you place your information
  • Utilize accessible headings and hanging indents
  • Use formatting techniques such as bolding or italics to highlight important pieces of information
  • Use appropriate use of present and past tense
  • Use paper that will enhance the visual impression (i.e., professional résumé paper)
  • Do not include your references on your CV; create a separate reference list