Preparing a Curriculum Vitae

CVs (also called “vitas”) and resumes both have similar purposes — as job-seeker marketing documents that provide key information about your skills, experiences, education, and personal qualities that show you as the ideal candidate. Where a resume and a curriculum vitae differ is their use, format, and length. This article provides some expert tips to help you get started with your writing and preparing your vita.

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Typical CV categories or headings may include some or all of the following:

1. Personal/Contact Information



phone number(s)


2. Academic Background

postgraduate work

graduate work/degree(s), major/minors, thesis/dissertation titles, honors

undergraduate degree(s), majors/minors, honors

Professional Licenses/Certifications

3. Academic/Teaching Experience

courses taught, courses introduced

innovations in teaching

teaching evaluations

4. Technical and Specialized Skills

5. Related/Other Experience

6. Other work experience

7. Professional/Academic Honors and Awards

8. Professional Development

conferences/workshops attended, other activities

9. Research/Scholarly Activities

journal articles

conference proceedings


chapters in books

magazine articles

papers presented/workshops

ezine articles

work currently under submission

work in progress

10. Grants

11. Service




12. Academic/Research Interests

13. Affiliations/Memberships

14. Foreign Language Abilities/Skills

15. Consulting

16. Volunteer Work

17. References

A curriculum vitae — often called a CV or vita — tends to be used more for scientific and teaching positions than a resume. Thus, CVs tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences. Where resumes tend toward brevity, CVs lean toward completeness.