How to Create a Curriculum Vitae (or CV)
Curriculum Vitae (also called “vitas”) and resumes have similar purposes — as job hunters marketing documents that provide key information about your skills, experiences, education, and personal qualities to prove that you are the ideal candidate for a job in an easy-to-digest format.
How do resumes and CV (s) differ?
Primarily used in Europe, CVs differ slightly from resumes in their use format, and length. In the U.S., CVs are typically used in academia and is used to outline a jobseeker’s work, past publications, and research projects. Other differences between a CV and a traditional resume include:
- Paper size: CVs are formatted to A4 paper whereas resumes are formatted to letter-sized (8″x11.5″) paper.
- Personal information: CVs include information such as sex, nationality, date of birth, and marital status.
- Interests: Whereas resumes don’t usually include interests or hobbies (unless they are relevant to the position an individual is applying for) it is acceptable to include this additional information on a CV.
- Personal photo: While a resume doesn’t typically include a headshot, a photo is acceptable on CVs and international resumes.
Now that you know the main differences between a resume and a CV, you are ready to create one of your own. Start by creating the following section headers and then fill in the appropriate information, one section at a time. This will help make creating your CV feel less overwhelming.
What sections should be included in my CV?
Some of the most important sections on your CV, in order of inclusion, are:
- Professional Summary
- Areas of Expertise
- Work Experience (in reverse chronological order)
- Education and Training
- Personal Skills/Languages (and proficiency level)
- Digital Competence
- Additional Information (including publications, presentations, projects, conferences, seminars, honors and awards, memberships, references, citations)
Now that you’ve created your sections – and are no longer looking at a blank page – you are probably wondering how to fill in the content. Don’t fret! It’s not as difficult as it feels. Here is what to include in each of the seven sections of your CV:
Filling in Your Curriculum Vitae ( CV )Sections:
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