Suggestions to Get You Started Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
The information below includes the most common sections included in a CV. Think of the sections as distinct modules to which you can add, remove, and change content, even rearrange the order, to suit the needs and requirements for a particular job or academic opportunity to which you are applying. Take time to think about additional sections that you will need to convey the value and experience that you can bring to a future employer.
For detailed information about writing a CV, continue reading below, then pick up a Résumé, CV and Written Communication Guide at the Center for Career Development or download your own copy.
Your Contact Information Section
- First and last name (You can also include middle name or first initial of middle name
- Mailing address
- Email address and the best phone number at which to reach you (Resist listing multiple emails and numbers)
- URL for your LinkedIn page (optional) and/or your personal website (if you have one)
Note: Include your name and page numbers on subsequent pages as a header. (e.i. Name, Page 2/3)
Organize by institution in order of most recent to least recent
- Name of institution, city, state or city, country if located outside of the U.S.
- Type of degree in name of program, month and year of completion or expected completion
- Thesis, culminating project and/or dissertation titles with name of advisor(s) included
There are times when you might include fellowships and academic awards here, but this content can also be in its own section.
Note: The order of your sections can change, depending on what you seek to emphasize when using your CV to apply to positions or opportunities. Content within the various sections is typically organized most recent to least recent.
Awards and Fellowships Section
- Include the name of award/fellowship, dates received, and a brief explanation of why awarded if not evident from the title.
- Use citation format consistent with your field of study; bold your initials or name to identify your authorship. Consider organizing by categories such as Journal Articles, Book Reviews, Monographs, etc. You might also consider including publications that are submitted or in press.
- Title of presentation, for what association or conference, city, state, month and year. Consider a sub-category to identify which talks you were invited to give from those where you submitted a presentation proposal and were selected
Note: For the Teaching Experience, Research, and Employment sections you may choose to begin with either your title or the name of the institution or employer. Think about what you want to emphasize and be consistent in your format throughout the section.
Possible Format for Teaching Experience Section
- Identify your teaching title, title of class (without course number), institution, department, city, state, semester(s) and year(s)
- Add bulleted descriptive phrases about your role, each beginning with an action verb (present tense for current experiences and past tense for experiences that have ended)
EXAMPLE OF BULLETED PHRASES IN PRESENT TENSE:
- Develop syllabi to include _____________
- Establish learning projects, engaging students in ___________
- Incorporate a variety of multimedia resources, increasing _______________
Possible Format for Research Experience Section
- Identify name of institution, department, city, state, starting and ending month and year
- Your title
- One-line description of research
- Name and title of research advisor or lead faculty member (optional)
- Add bulleted descriptive phrases about your role, each beginning with an action verb
EXAMPLE OF BULLETED PHRASES IN PAST TENSE:
- Analyzed ______ reaction in ______ to determine _________
- Performed __________test using _______ method, resulting in ______
- Administered district-wide grant study to assess efficacy of _______
- Reviewed data on ___________ and made recommendations to increase ________
Note: Add other relevant content, including any of the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Related Employment
- Research Interests
- Volunteer Experience
- Professional Service Licensure
- International Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Clinical Training
- Career Highlights
- Sponsored Research
- Major Works Conducted
Professional Memberships Section
- Identify name of organization, with offices held if applicable, and membership years
- Include languages and degree of proficiency
Computer/Technical Skills Section
- Choose and list research techniques, computer applications, etc. in which you have competency, and are most relevant to your field and/or to the opportunities to which you seek to apply. Consider creating sub-sections.
- Consider including volunteer involvements, committee work, etc. within the campus and also in your external community. Choose examples that are most relevant to your field or in which you want to feature particular skills you have utilized.
Note: Your listing of references will typically appear on the last and completely separate page of your CV. Maintain an up-to-date list of your references, making revisions to this page as you learn about changes, adding new people as you progress through your degree. Aim to have three to six references available, though you will typically provide three or four in your application.
Format for Listing References
- Name of reference
- Mailing address
- Preferred contact phone number of reference
- Preferred email address of reference
- In what capacity the individual knows you (optional)
For more information about creating a strong CV consider the following action steps:
- Connect with your department for input and then branch out to campus resources that include the Center for Career Development, the Graduate School, and the Writing Center;
- Schedule an appointment at the Center for Career Development to have your CV reviewed, second floor of the Wilbur Cross Building, room 202, stop by or call 860.486.3013 to make an appointment.