How do I write a Curriculum Vitae (CV)? How is it different from a resume?

Writing a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A CV is an academic resume that highlights your scholarly accomplishments. A resume is a shorter document that does not include your educational or academic background only your skills and employment history. The purpose of a resume is to establish a professional identity. The purpose of a CV is to establish a scholarly identity.

Differences between a CV and resume:
• A CV is longer (2+ pages) with a more detailed synopsis of your background and skills
• A CV includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, and affiliations.
• Like a resume, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions.

Be sure to do the following:
• Make it easy to read; make it visually stimulating
• Put information in order from most recent at the top to oldest at the bottom

Primary Items:
• Applicant Information
• Education: colleges and universities attended
• Thesis Title and Advisor
• Coursework
• Awards & Honors
• Grants & Fellowships
• Research Experience
• Teaching Experience
• Publications
• Presentations
• Languages
• Memberships
• Associations
• References: it is appropriate to list your references at the end of a CV. List the faculty, title, institute name and address, phone and e-mail address. Three references are typically expected.

Others to Consider:
• Technical Skills
• Computer Skills
• Laboratory skills
• Volunteer experience
• Travel
• Sports
• Campus Activities
• Leadership Experience
• Interests