CV Writing Tips

There are fundamental differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume in the US - length, content, and use. A curriculum vitae, or CV, is longer and more detailed (two pages or more) and typically used for application to research and academic positions.

The curriculum vitae may include names of professors because potential employers may have heard of a professor who is a specialist in a particular field. Unlike a resume, there is no set format for a CV. However, checking with an advisor or network contact about CV format preferences might be useful.

Download this file (CV Framework.pdf)CV Framework


Typically, a CV might include some or all of the following:

  • Personal and contact information
  • Summary statement
  • Education
  • Dissertation
  • Fellowships
  • Academic or teaching experience
  • Research interests
  • Publications
  • Awards
  • Employment history
  • Professional licenses and certifications
  • Grants
  • Professional memberships
  • Skills
  • Languages
  • Interests