Writing an Effective Curriculum Vitae

Writing an Effective
Curriculum Vitae
Lezly Juergenson
Career Services Center
Resume vs. CV
• Resume – 1-2 page document
that summarizes work
experience, accomplishments,
education, etc.
• Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) – More
comprehensive document that
includes listing of publications,
presentations, research projects,
teaching experience, etc.
Vitae are commonly used in
applying for the following:
• Academic/scientific positions
• Overseas jobs
• Professional association
leadership positions
• Speaking engagements
• Publishing & editorial review
• Grant proposals
• Research & consulting
Know your Audience:
Targeting your CV
• Service to the Community
• Service to the University
• Research Experience
• Teaching Experience
Contact Information:
What to Include
• Name
• Mailing Address
• E-mail Address
• Phone Number
• Web Address
Education: What to
Name of Institution
Location of Institution
Dates degrees were awarded
Dissertation/Thesis Title
Dissertation/Thesis Committee
Name of Advisor
Comprehensive Examinations
Teaching Experience:
What to Include
• Institution
• Department
• Job Title
• Descriptive Title of Course
• Dates of Employment
• Description of responsibilities
University of California, Merced, School of Social
Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Spring 2007
European Cultures II - The Enlightenment to the Present
Team-taught, multidisciplinary survey course required
for all freshmen.
Contested Territories: Ethnic/Racial Literatures of the U.S.
Upper Division; study of texts which treat the "Southwest“
as a determining and originary site of cultural interaction
and expressive production.
Research Experience:
What to Include
• Clear, concise understanding
of the nature of your research
• Instruments or methodology
• Results
More Sections of a CV
• Certificates &
• Special Training
• Publications
• Professional
Papers &
• Awards
• Academic Service
• Grants &
Publications, Creative Work
Book Review
Review of Asia's Next Giant, by Alice Amsden, Journal of
Japanese Studies, XXI (Winter 1996): 237-239.
Co-Authored Article
Andrew E. Green and William Rose, "The Professor's Dream:
Getting Students to Talk and Read Intelligently," Political Science,
97 (December 1996): 1287-89.
Chapter in an Edited Book
"Thursday Nights at the Providence Bridge Club." In Post-War
Rhode Island Cultural History, edited by G. Sheldon Lowell,
Providence: The Friar Press, 1996.
Monograph Published as a Part of a Series
Identity Against Ideology: Multiculturalism in the Post-Modern
Age, Townsend Center for the Humanities Occasional Papers,
no. 13, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press,
More Sections of a CV
• Teaching/
• Consulting
• Internships or
• Fieldwork
• Related
• Professional
• References
CV Do’s
• Do put your experiences in reverse
chronological order.
• Do include last name and page number
on every page.
• Do consider your readers.
• Do think strategically when writing your
• Do consider consistency when formatting
your CV.
CV Don'ts
• Don’t include personal information if applying
for positions in the U.S.
• Don’t include G.P.A. or GRE scores.
• Don’t list all courses you have taught.
• Don’t list everything you’ve ever done.
• Don’t staple or fold your CV.
• Don’t use acronyms without explanation.
• Don’t include a career objective for academic
Communication Skills
• Ability to:
Write clearly and concisely
Listen well
Speak publicly
Interpret the dynamics of interpersonal
Distinguish fine shades of meaning
Distinguish verbal and non-verbal
Teach and train
Counsel and advise
Serve as resource/referral person
General Research Skills
• Ability to:
Retrieve Data
Acquire Data
Manipulate Data
Use Methodology
Produce Survey Work
Test hypotheses for acceptance or
rejection against known evidence
– Identify and use resources
Analytical/Conceptual Skills
• Ability to:
Reason logically
Identify problems
Analyze problems
Perceive parts in relation to whole
See patterns
Develop theories out of pattern
Condense material to it’s important
– Manipulate abstract concepts
Managerial Skills
• Ability to:
-Evaluate performance of others
-Assume authority
-Delegate authority
-Manage time
-Establish goals
-Set objectives
-Motivate people
-Tolerate ambiguity
12 Powerful Questions
Answer the 12 questions and then go
back with a highlighter. Look at any
surprises, key points-do they set
you apart?
What is your unique advantage
or personal spark?
Clare Jaques, CV Confidence (2006)
How do you want your
information displayed?
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