What to include in your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae, which is Latin for “course of life”, is more commonly referred to as a “CV” and is an in-depth document that describes the whole course of your career in full detail. It’s usually multiple pages in length.

A Curriculum Vitae contains details about your education, professional career, publications, awards, honors, and other achievements. A CV is traditionally used for academic applications: academic jobs, grants, research fellowships, etc.

Do I need a CV or Resume?

Ultimately the difference between a CV and a resume lies in the length, layout, and purpose of these documents. CVs have no length limit; resumes are typically one to two pages long. A CV details the whole course of the candidate’s academic career; a resume summarizes skills and work experience.

A resume (or résumé, from French “to sum up”) is a short, concise document used for job applications. The purpose of a resume is to provide recruiters with a brief overview of the candidate’s work history. A good resume should be targeted at a specific job and one to two pages long.

If you are unsure about which type of document you need, then we’d recommend you schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your background, the industry, and the role you’re pursuing.


Contact Information – Name • Address • Phone number • Email address

Education – Degrees • Institutions • Dates • Theses • Dissertations • Dissertation chairperson

Honors/Awards – Scholarships • Fellowships • Academic awards • Special honors or distinctions

Grants – Active, Pending, Former

Extracurricular activities – Clubs/activities • Leadership • Volunteerism

Foreign Study – Education abroad • Travel abroad

Language Competencies

Computer Skills – General software • Industry software • Statistical packages • Programming languages

Professional Interests / Professional Experience • Internships • Employment • Consulting

Clinical Interests / Clinical Experience – Practica/Internships • Field work

Research Interests / Research Experience – Independent study • Research assistantships • Projects underway • Other research experience

Teaching Interests / Teaching Philosophy / Teaching Experience – Teaching assistantships • Invited Speaker • Selected Seminars • Other teaching experience

Publications – Published papers • Books • Articles • Manuscripts under review • Manuscripts in progress • Invited Reviews/Book Chapters • Selected Abstracts

Postdoctoral Training

Administrative Appointments / Academic Service – Faculty leadership • Committee leadership • Departmental leadership • Professional association leadership and activities • University involvement • Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals • Reviewer of Scientific Papers and Grant Applications • Other professional service

Professional Memberships / Professional Certification – Licensure • Certificates • Special training

Professional Activities – Conferences attended • Conference presentations • Conference participation • Conference leadership • Supervisory Experience • Workshops and conventions • Workshop presentations

Dossier – Credentials • References

Community Service