In the United States, a curriculum vita, often called a CV or vita, is used when applying for academic and research positions, fellowships, and grants.
Note: The term CV is also used in many foreign countries to describe a résumé. Keep in mind that overseas employers may expect to receive personal information that would not be included on a U.S. résumé such as a photo, place of birth, nationality, gender, number of dependents, and marital status.
A CV is longer than a résumé (at least two pages) and represents your accomplishments, areas of expertise, and skills in a detailed and organized manner. It is best to connect with a mentor or trusted member of your department for any special CV formatting your field may require (i.e., faculty member or advisor). As with a résumé, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions.
You can use this CV template [PDF] to get you started.
A CV is a summary of your work, educational, and academic accomplishments. They may appear similar to one another, but are actually unique to each individual! The specific categories may include any combination of the potential sections below. Whether you are applying for academic or industry based positions, a clear and in depth CV can support your journey.
Include your name, address, phone number, email, online portfolio (if applicable).
Educational accomplishments include your degree, major, institution (city & state), and date of completion (or expected date of completion). List the most recent or expected degree first and work your backwards (reverse chronological).
This section includes a title and brief description of your research work.
You can include scholarly interests, competencies areas, educational highlights, scholarly proficiencies, areas of expertise, areas of concentration, academic interests, research interests, and career interests.
Experiences are typically divided into multiple categories to highlight your accomplishments. Below are possible experiences and potential titles for sections that your CV may include.
List special training or conferences you attended that helped you gain valuable skills. For example: Preparing for Future Faculty training, WebCT Vista Technology training, or SPSS Statistical Software competency.
Include a list of recognition received from a college, university, association, or honorary society.