Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (also known as a CV or vita) is a comprehensive summary of your academic, work and professional activities.

In contrast to résumés, which are typically limited to one page, CVs can be multiple pages, depending on your education background and experience.

Since a CV is similar to a résumé, our information on résumés may also be beneficial to you as you create your draft.

EFFECTIVE  CURRICULA VITAE
  • Have no typos or errors
  • Avoid personal pronouns
  • Use action verbs when describing experience
  • Keep verb tenses consistent
  • Use consistent formatting and layout
  • Are critiqued by faculty and Career Development Center staff
CURRICULA VITAE ARE COMMONLY USED IN APPLYING FOR THE FOLLOWING:
  • Admission to graduate school
  • Part of an application packet for a graduate assistantship or scholarship
  • Grant proposals
  • Teaching, research and upper-level administrative positions in higher education
  • Academic departmental and tenure reviews
  • College or university service appointments
  • Professional association leadership positions
  • Speaking engagements
  • Publishing and editorial review boards
  • Research and consulting positions in a variety of settings
  • School administration positions at the superintendent, principal or department head level
  • International job searches
CATEGORIES OF CURRICULA VITEA

Depending on your background and experience, your CV may contain these categories:

  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Honors and awards
  • Research
  • Relevant experience/skills
  • Additional experience
  • Community involvement
  • Professional associations
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Courses taught
  • Grants received
  • References
  • Extracurricular activities
Sample curricula vitae

It is important to have your CV reviewed before you need to use it professionally. The Career Development Center can review CVs by appointment, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.