Writing a CV

Updated: Apr 4, 2019



A CV serves as an introduction to prospective employers or a way to convey your relevant qualifications and experience. It is primarily for academic, education, scientific, or research positions or fellowships or grants.


Sections of a CV Include:

Contact Information

Name, address, and phone number, email, website or portfolio.

Education Listing of academic degrees beginning with the degree in progress or most recently earned. You may wish to include the title of your thesis/dissertation if applicable. If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, it is appropriate to include. You may also include “Relevant Coursework" under this heading.

Certifications List all relevant certifications and the year received.

Honors and Awards Receipt of competitive scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; names of scholastic honors, teaching or research awards.

Relevant Experience Listing of positions (part—time, full—time, volunteer, internship) related to the work sought. Include department, firm, agency, or organization name; city and state; job / position title, and dates of employment. Include a brief description of your activities/ duties, using strong action verbs. List these in reverse chronological order.

Other Experience Groupings of other experiences (including volunteer work and / or internships) can enhance your CV. Your experience can also be broken into other categories such as Teaching, Counseling, Administration, Volunteer, Community, Internship, etc. Entries within each section should be in reverse chronological order.

Grants Received Include name of grant, name of granting agency, date received, title or purpose of research project, etc.

Professional Associations Include memberships in national, regional, state, and local professional organizations. Also, list associations, significant appointments to positions or committees in these associations. Student memberships in professional associations are appropriate.

Publications Give bibliographic citations (using the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline) for articles, pamphlets, chapters in books, research reports, or any other publications that you have authored or co-authored. In fine arts areas, this can include descriptions of recitals and art exhibits.

Presentations Give titles of professional presentations, name of conference or event, dates and location, and include a brief description. List presentations in reverse chronological order.

Research Description of research projects recently conducted or in progress. Include the type of research and a brief description of the purpose.

Institutional Service List institutional committees you have served on, including offices held student groups you have supervised, or special academic projects, which you have assisted.

Courses Taught List the names of courses you have taught, institution and dates where taught, and brief course descriptions.

Community Involvement Appropriate and relevant volunteer work, church work, community service organizations, etc.

Educational Travel

Names of countries, dates, purpose (typically, only include if relevant to the position/ grant for which you are applying).

Qualifications or Skills

A summary of particular or relevant strengths or skills, which you want to highlight. It may be appropriate to list special computing or language skills.


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