What is a Curriculum Vitae?
A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV differs from a résumé in that a CV is usually longer and more detailed. It includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, and other details.
When is a Curriculum Vitae Appropriate?
A CV should only be used when specifically requested. This might occur in the following instances:
- Applications for admission to graduate or professional schools
- Independent consulting in a variety of settings
- Providing information related to professional activities (e.g. applications for professional memberships and leadership positions, and presentations at professional conferences)
- Proposals for fellowships or grants
- Applications for positions in academia, including:
- School administration (e.g. principals, superintendents, deans of schools)
- Institutional research and consulting
- Higher education positions in teaching, research, and administration
- Pastoral applications
Cover Letter for CV
Although a CV is a complete record of your accomplishments, a cover letter should accompany your CV to personalize your experience.
Proof Reading and Editing
Have your CV and cover letter critiqued by several people, including someone experienced at reading résumés and cover letters for their impressions and suggestions. Make the appropriate changes and present the revised version for critique. Usually at least three revisions are needed to produce a solid product.
Printing Your CV and Cover Letter
Today, it is normal to see uploaded electronic CVs. We highly recommend that a CV is converted to Adobe PDF format so that your fonts and formatting remain consistent. The envelope should always be standard, business–sized, and of matching color. Unless your writing is extremely neat and easy to read, you should type your envelopes, including full name and title, specifically addressing the person you identified in your cover letter.
Possible Sections to Include in Your CV
- Contact Information
- Honors and Awards
- Relevant Experience
- Other Experience: 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
- Professional Presentations
- Recent/Current Research
- Institutional Service: Including committees, offices held, student groups supervised, or special academic projects.
- Courses Taught
- Community Involvement
- Educational Travel
- Qualifications or Skills