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″