What is a CV?
• An outline of a person's educational and profes
sional history, usually prepared for job applicat
ions prepared by persons applying for job.
• An overview of your life's accomplishments,
most specifically those that are relevant to the
• A summary of your work experience and
education, used for job applications
• A presentation of everything that you have
done in your career including, all work
experience, all educations, diplomas, honours,
project you worked on.
• Purpose; While applying for a new job, your
CV could be just the ticket to get you that
initial foot in the door and secure an interview
• Main objective; of a CV is to give the
employer all necessary information to create
an overview of the person applying for a job so
that he can decide whom to choose for an
Contents of CV
• Your name and contact information,
• An overview of your education,
• Your academic and related employment
• Your research projects (including conference
papers and publications),
• And your departmental and community
Sequence of contents
• Typically, the first item on a CV for a job
candidate directly out of grad school will start
with the candidate's education listed in reverse
• After that, the earlier a particular block of
information comes, the more emphasis will be
placed on that. Thus, the most important
information should come first.
• Action words are words used to put extra
power in your CV.
• These words are power words that put that
special something into your CV, and can make
it stand out from the crowd.
• It helps you to show yourself as being
determined by using these action words in
your wordings and phrases.
• They work well when you describe what you
have achieved in your Career.
Standard curriculum vitae format
• There is not one standard format. Different
emphases/conventions in different disciplines.
• Find as many examples as possible of CVs by
people in your discipline who have recently
been on the job market.
• Make use of the Internet to find CV samples in
• Resources such as The Curriculum Vitae
Handbook by Rebecca Anthony and Gerald
Roe (Rudi Publishing: Iowa City, 1994) also
include sample CVs for various disciplines
• The Academic Job Search Handbook (3rd
Edition), by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia
Miller Vick also provides sample CV's
• As your experiences and strengths are
different, so format you CV by adapting
specifically to your situation.
• The curriculum vitae is a living document,
which will reflect the developments in a
scholar/teacher's career, and thus should be
• See handouts for other details