Writing A CV

Start by making a list of all your information, then organize it into categories. As with a resume, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions. You can also arrange your categories or sections in an order that best presents your qualifications and experience. The visual impact of the CV provides the initial message about your attention to detail and thoroughness. Ensure that it is well designed, organized and attractive; that the categories of information are clearly labeled; and that it is easy for search committee members to find certain sections of interest.

A Sample CV Template

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Cell Phone
  • Email

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Visa Status

EDUCATION

Include dates, majors, details of degrees, minors, subfields, honors, training and certifications

  • Post-Doctoral Training
  • Graduate School
  • University

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

List positions and dates in chronological order within the different sections. You may include several functional sections such as “Research Experience, ” “Consulting,” “Fieldwork,” “Teaching Experience,” etc.

  • Work History
  • Academic Positions
  • Research and Training

THESIS/ePORTFOLIO

Provide the title and a brief description of your work, its theoretical framework, your conclusions, your director (and readers, if their names or departments add breadth or new perspectives to your area of research).For ePortfolio users, include a link to your work.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certifications and Accreditations
  • Computer Skills

AWARDS

Recognition of scholarship by the university or within the field is very important. Memberships in honorary societies belong in this section as well, unless they have already been listed under “Education.”

PUBLICATIONS

Use a standard citation format and make sure it is correct.

  • Peer-reviewed journals
  • Conference proceedings
  • Other publications
  • Books

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

List all professional groups and offices held. Include all departmental and university groups, committees and task forces on which you served. Student groups are valid as well. You should demonstrate that you have exhibited leadership qualities.

LANGUAGES

List all you read/speak and note those in which you are fluent, proficient, or in which you have a basic knowledge.

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