Writing a Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a summary of your education, research, and academic experience. The primary differences between resumes and CVs are length and content. Resumes are brief summaries of your experiences, usually one page in length. A curriculum vitae is longer, usually two pages or more, and is a more detailed synopsis of your experience and qualifications.

There are three situations when a CV is commonly used:

  • when applying for graduate school
  • employment positions within the field of academia or focused on research
  • international employment positions

Like a resume, your CV should include your name, contact information, education, experience, and references. In addition, your CV will likely include several additional sections. Here are some common section headings:

Research Experience Professional Affiliations
Teaching Experience Professional Development
International Experience Service and Volunteer Experience
Awards & Honors Fellowships & Grants
Languages Licenses/Certifications
Publications Presentations


You are invited to use one of these templates to help you get started with writing your CV. After filling the template with your own information, be sure to personalize your CV by changing the font, adjusting the margins, adding or deleting sections, altering the layout, etc. Always save CVs and resumes with your name in the title, such as FirstNameLastNameCV.doc.

Sample CVs

Career Services is available to review your CV draft. However, we also recommend that you have at least one faculty member from your department review your CV since there are different standards and expectations for each academic field.

Resources for writing your CV

Writing the Curriculum Vitae
A resource from Purdue University
Writing Your Curriculum Vitae
Contains sample CVs and an extensive list of sections to consider including in your CV.
CV Overview and putting the elements together
A resource from Berkeley University
Preparing a CV-Proven Success Strategies
Contains a CV outline, as well as other resources
Goshen College Resume Resources
Provides general information about professional writing techniques

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