How to Write a CV for College or University Applications
NAMECURRENT CITY WHERE YOU ARE LIVING
This is where you explain what you want to study and why.
SCHOOL NAME, DATE STARTED – DATE ENDED
Program You Studied
City/Country Where School Is Located
• Program you studied
• Projects or assignments you worked on
• GPA or percentage of marks
• Extra activities that you did in this school
• Awards that you earned (example: scholarships, top student)
COMPANY NAME, DATE STARTED – DATE ENDED
CITY/COUNTRY WHERE YOU WORKED
• What did you do?
• Who did you work with?
• More training and classes you took
• Other accomplishments
The information can be anything that will help to sell you as a strong academic student. You may
want to include ONE of the following:
• Volunteer Experience
• Other awards and certificates
• Who did you work with?
• Why was your job important?
• Where did you work in the company (what department)?
• How did this job help you become better?
The list of skills here should be “hard skills”. This means that they are skills that are very specific.
They should not be “soft skills”. You should list 5-6 “hard skills” related to the program you are
HARD SKILLS: SOFT SKILLS:
Marketing & Business Development
Mathematic Design &
Friendly & Kind
Company Management Hardworking in all jobs
Can work in a team
NAME OF REFERENCE
TITLE OF REFERENCE
LOCATION OF REFERENCE
• How you worked with your reference?
“Hard Skills” are related
to things you have
learned how to do.
They are NOT related
to your personality.
You should always list
your “Hard Skills”.
The OBJECTIVE is only 1-2
sentences, & explains what you
want to study (ie - Microbiology
& Pathogens in Biology) & WHY
(what are your future goals?).
The EDUCATION section of the CV is
always the most important.
You need to explain a lot of details about
what you learned in High School, College
You also need to add lots of information
about work experience. It can be paid work,
unpaid work, in school, in a company, in a
family business, in an office, or anywhere
Try to always think of any kind of work that
you have done!
Depending on the program you have
applied to in College/University, you may
need to add extra information about
Try to keep this section simple & organized.
LIST the details.
References should be
previous high school
or post secondary
school teachers or
The most important information
in this section is your phone
number & e-mail. Make sure
you keep this section SIMPLE!
HOW TO WRITE A CV
For College & University Applications