Curriculum Vitae

How does a curriculum vitae differ from a resume?

  • It is primarily used when seeking academic or research positions 
  • It can be longer than 1 page, anywhere from 2 to 10 pages 
  • More information is included under each category, especially education 
  • It includes a broader array of experiences and more detail

What is included in a curriculum vitae (CV)?

  • Education 
  • Research experience 
  • Research interests 
  • Teaching experience 
  • Work experience 
  • Volunteer experience
  • Presentations 
  • Professional societies 
  • Awards and offices 
  • Skills 
  • Publications 

Basic curriculum vitae tips

  • Keep the format simple; be organized, consistent, and clear 
  • Only highlight areas that fit your experiences 
  • Most important information should appear on the first page 
  • Education listed in reverse chronological order 
  • Publications always listed last 
  • Avoid unnecessary words, such as "responsibilities included" 
  • Use action phrases, not sentences written in the first person 
  • You can always change your CV to cater to different positions or programs 
  • Proofread, consult with your faculty advisor, and have it reviewed by a career advisor. 
  • If longer than 1 page, include name and page number on each page after the first 
  • Do NOT include personal information, such as marital status or gender