A Curriculum Vitae
Also called a CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is an overview of your life’s accomplishments, most specifically those relevant to the academic realm. It is a living document that reflects the developments in a scholar/teacher’s career and should be updated frequently.
When should job seekers use a CV, rather than a résumé? In the United States, a CV is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions. It also is applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.
When asking for a job in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, expect to submit a CV rather than a résumé. Overseas employers often expect to read the type of personal information on a curriculum vitae that would never be included on an American résumé, such as date of birth, nationality, and place of birth. United States law on what information job applicants can be asked to provide does not apply outside the country.
A CV is typically longer (up to two or more pages) and has a more detailed synopsis of your background and skills. A CV summarizes your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details. As with a résumé, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions.
Like a résumé, a CV has your name, contact information, education, skills, and experience. In addition to the basics, a CV includes research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards, and other information relevant to the position for which you are applying. Make a list of all your background information, and then organize it into categories. Include dates on all the publications you list.
Your Contact Information
- Cell Phone
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Visa status
Optional Personal Information
- Marital status
- Spouse’s name
Employment History (in chronological order, including position details and dates)
- Work history
- Academic positions
- Research and training
Education (including dates, majors, and details of degrees, training and certification)
- High school
- Graduate school
- Post-doctoral training
- Certifications and accreditations
- Computer skills
Review a sample or two before you start writing. Here is a sample, including versions for both academia and international employment: