How to Prepare a CV or Curriculum Vitae
What is a CV?
CV stands for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for course of life. Note: “vitae” (vee-tie or vee-teh) is the plural form; “vita” (vee-tuh) is singular.
Who uses a CV?
Most often required for individuals who are looking for employment in academic research or scholarly positions.
When Should You Use a CV?
Candidates will use a CV rather than a resume to outline not only their work history but their published academic papers and professional accomplishments as well.
Hint: An employer is usually pretty specific about what they need from a job applicant. If they want a CV, they will ask for a CV.
What is the Proper CV Format?
Organize your document in relevance to the job description or industry
Use consistent formatting
Do not exaggerate experience or skills
Use reverse chronological order: List present first and then proceed with past items
Use concise phrases with minimal punctuation
Use industry-appropriate format when citing publications and presentations
Contact your faculty or advisor with questions
Do not include photos
Grammar, spelling, and typing should be flawless
Name and page number on each page after the first page
Font size should be 10-12 Margins must be 1/2″ to 1″