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″