For certain types of jobs, CVs are in and resumes are out. At least that is according to Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., who says CVs tend "to be used more for scientific and teaching positions than a resume. Thus, vitas tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences. Where resumes tend toward brevity, vitas lean toward completeness," he says. Additionally, the act of drafting a CV can help you to organize your professional experiences, qualifications and educational background.
Things You'll Need
- Computer or typewriter
- Word-processing program
Outline the contents of your CV, preferably using a computer and a word-processing program. Line up each section at the lefthand side of the page. Begin with your name, address, telephone number(s) and email address, if applicable, in the first section or "bullet."
Provide your academic background in the second bullet. Include, in reverse chronological order, your postgraduate work, graduate work including degree(s) with majors and minors, thesis and dissertation titles, if applicable, honors, and then undergraduate degree(s) with majors and minors and honors.
Use a separate bullet for each applicable accomplishment as follows: Professional Licenses and/or Certificates; Academic/Teaching Experience, including the courses taught and/or introduced and any innovations in teaching and teaching evaluations; Technical and Specialized Skills; Related Experience, including work experience and volunteer work; Professional and/or Academic Honors and Awards; Professional Development including workshops, conferences, training for a specific job or other activities attended; Research or Scholarly Activities, including journal studies, conference proceedings, books, chapters in books, magazine articles, papers or workshops presented, work currently under submission and /or work in progress; Grants, Fellowships and /or Patents; Service, including academic, professional or community; Personal details, including academic or research interests, a driver's license, passport, or that you are a nonsmoker when these things would be beneficial to your employer or related to your employment; Affiliations or Memberships; Foreign Language Abilities or Skills; and Consulting.
List at least three professional references in your last bullet. Include full names, titles, company addresses, telephone numbers, emails and fax numbers (if available) for each reference. Review the CV carefully, checking for spelling and grammar errors. Delete any sections that are not applicable to you.
Include your name at the top of every page. Center the page numbers at the bottom of every page except the first one.
Tips & Warnings
- For further detail and examples, please reference the links below.
- Consider adding a cover letter and dissertation abstract (or other appropriate documents) to your CV.
- References allow you the opportunity to mention important or successful individuals you have worked with or are well known to the industry in which you hope to be employed.
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