CV | Useful Tips

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″