Curriculum Vitae (CV)

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

A curriculum vitae or CV is very similar to a resume but more comprehensive and often multiple pages. It is often used in academia and science fields. In addition to tailoring your CV to the specific opportunities for which you are applying, here a few general tips:

  • Use 10 to 12 size font in a professional font style (except name which may be a larger font size).
  • Include your name and page number on each page starting with page 2.
  • Include job title, organization, location, date, and a description of the activities you performed and skills you developed in each of your experiences.
  • Be positive and honest about your experience, skills, and capabilities.
  • Proofread – your punctuation, grammar and syntax must be flawless.
  • Start each bullet point with an action verb. Check out our list of resume action verbs to make sure you use meaningful and descriptive verbs.

What goes on a CV?

Contact Information

  • Name, address, phone, email
  • May also include website and LinkedIn profile, if applicable


  • List your most recent education first
  • Institution, location, degree, graduation month and year, GPA
  • Thesis/dissertation title and advisor


  • Can be divided into several categories: Relevant Experience, Professional Experience, Teaching Experience, Volunteer Experience, Other Experience, etc.
  • Include job title, organization, location, dates, description
  • Description should be bulleted sentence fragments starting with a strong action verb
  • Elaborate and be specific

Additional Possible Sections:

  • Research Interests
  • Publications/Abstracts
  • Presentations
  • Professional Associations/Affiliations
  • Awards, Fellowships, Honors, Grants
  • Languages (Include level or proficiency)
  • Courses Taken
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Technical/Computer Skills
  • Certifications
  • Community/University Service
  • Additional Information
  • References (Name, title, address, email address, phone number)