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Guide to Writing a CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)What IS a CV, anyway?A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that outlines your entire academic history. It is used mostoften to apply for faculty positions at colleges and universities, for research-intensive positions atnational labs or research institutes, and for fellowships, grants, or awards
What categories should I include in my CV?At the very least, a CV should include contact information, education, research experience,teaching experience (if applicable), publications, presentations, and references. Other potentialcategories are listed below and may include awards, professional affiliations, community oruniversity service, and others
What is the appropriate length for a CV?Length is less important in a CV than completeness. Your CV should include your completeacademic history and is not typically limited by length, as is a resume
Should I include job descriptions for every position listed on my CV?Not necessarily. Most academic search committees may focus solely on your institution and youradvisor. Given this focus, listing your title, institution, advisor, location, and dates you attended orwere employed there are required. Additionally, most faculty reviewers expect to see dates listedon the left-hand side of the page
Does order matter on a CV?Yes. It is critical for you to consider the position you are applying for and/or the audience you arewriting for when compiling a CV. For example, if you are applying for a faculty position at a smallcollege, you will want to list your teaching experience on the first page of your CV and yourresearch experience and publications later in your document. The reverse would be true if youwere applying to a research-intensive university or institute
I’m in the process of drafting my CV, but am not sure about format and style
It is a good idea to ask your advisor or a mentor in your field for a copy of his/her CV, as eachdiscipline has its own standards for content, style, and format
Do you have any samples?The CV samples found on the OITE website will help you to draft and/or edit your own CV. Whilethe names have been changed, these are CVs from actual trainees who found employment in theirrespective areas of interest. You may use these as a guide, but your words must be your own—doNOT copy these samples word for word! Sample category headingsEducationDissertation PublicationsMaster's Project AbstractsThesis Scholarly Works BooksProfessional Competencies ChaptersAreas of Expertise Editorial BoardsAreas of Concentration in Graduate Study Professional PapersInternships Technical Papers Refereed Journal ArticlesTeaching Interests Editorial AppointmentsTeaching Experience Articles/Monographs Book ReviewsResearch InterestsResearch Assistantships Research GrantsPostdoctoral Experience Funded ProjectsResearch Appointments Grants and ContractsResearch Experience PatentsProfessional Experience AwardsAcademic Appointments ScholarshipsProfessional Summary FellowshipsRelated Experience HonorsAdministrative Experience Activities and DistinctionsConsulting Experience Professional Recognition PrizesAcademic ServiceAdvising Professional MembershipsUniversity Involvement AffiliationsOutreach Memberships in Scholarly SocietiesLeadership Professional OrganizationsUniversity Assignments Honorary Societies Professional SocietiesProfessional DevelopmentProfessional Association Advisory Boards Professional CertificationAdvisory Committees CertificationNational Boards LicensureProfessional Activities Endorsements Special TrainingConference ParticipationConference Presentations Foreign StudyConference Leadership Study AbroadWorkshop Presentations Travel AbroadInvited Lectures International ProjectsLectures and Colloquia Languages Language Competencies
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