Curriculum Vitae

C urriculum V itae

What is a CV? In Latin, “curriculum vitae” means “the course of one’s life or career.” It is also commonly referred to as an academic resume, curriculum vitae, or CV. A CV is a living catalog of every relevant professional/career experience, including volunteer work, presentations, publications, courses taught, etc. This document is typically used when applying to academic positions in higher education, professional/graduate school, or to establish your credentials as an expert in a field. When to Use a Résumé Instead of a CV Since a CV is such a detailed document, you’ll only want to use this for establishing your entire professional background, typically for jobs or admissions in academia. A résumé, on the other hand, is a targeted professional marketing document that should be used to apply to a specific industry position or job posting outside of academia. If you’re looking for an industry position, you will likely want to use a concise, targeted résumé instead of your CV.  Order of categories is up to your discretion; imagine what kind of experience matters most to the position in question (i.e. prioritizing research & publications for a Research Faculty position)  Ensure consistent formatting throughout your document. This includes fonts, section headings, spacing, bullet styles, and date ranges  Be sure to proofread for spelling, grammatical, or citation errors  Ensure comfortable spacing, utilizing white space and formatting to present a visually-appealing, easy-to-navigate document Key Categories to Consider Utilize category headings to accent areas of expertise and catalog your entire body of work. By creating distinct headings that address one core element of your experience, you’ll make it easier for the reader to navigate your experience in each domain.  Identification/Contact Information  Education General Rules & Tips  Length is not a concern; your CV can be as long as necessary!  Use reverse chronological order in each category  Included experiences should be relevant to your field/professional practice

 Grants Awarded  Professional Experience  Committees  Community Involvement  Awards/Honors

 Publications  Presentations  Courses Taught

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