A curriculum vitae (CV) is an all-encompassing tool used to showcase academic, research and professional accomplishments. This document may resemble a resume, but is more comprehensive and typically used when applying for positions within academic institutions or areas where field-specific knowledge and expertise is required.
The terms curriculum and vitae are derived from Latin and mean “courses of my life”. In industry, both in and outside of the US, the term CV and resume may be used interchangeably. Identify your audience and understand which document they are requesting.
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Look at a variety of CVs within your field to build your personal awareness of how professionals communicate their value in today’s marketplace. The sample vitas below suggest formats. They are not meant to legislate what the content or length of your CV should be. Refer to our library of CV samples and stay abreast of your respective departmental guides.
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Review specific country or region expectations if you are looking to apply for positions abroad. When applying abroad, a different style of CV may be required; you will want to customize your document.
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Anatomy of a Curriculum Vitae
Research / Teaching Interests (optional)
Research Experience / Assistantship
Projects under review and in progress
Publications (Refereed, Under Review, Submitted To, Forthcoming/In Process)
Books, Chapters, Reviews
Columns and Guest Blogging
Invited talks (lectures, presentations)
Conference Presentations / Poster Sessions
Media Contributions (interviewed or quoted in media – NY Times/CNN)
Teaching Experience / Assistantships
Lecturer, adjunct, associate instructor etc.
Instructor of Record / Instructor with Sole Responsibility, Institution, Class name and number, number of students, semester, year
Profession i.e. Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Publications/Conferences
Departmental Level, University, or School Level
External Funding / Fellowships / Grants
Technical, Computer, Language, Other
Memberships / Affiliations
CV’s are frequently longer than resumes, since they emphasize academic achievements.
The organizational order should align with the needs of the employer and may vary within disciplines.
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