Curriculum Vitae Tips and Samples

The Basic Sections
Name, email address, mailing address (only one), and phone number
List academic degrees, with in progress or most recently earned first.
Name of institution, city and state, degree type and major, month and year degree
was (will be) awarded
Thesis title and advisor, if applicable
Relevant Experience:
List positions that show off your skills and expertise. You can group
experiences into relevant categories to enhance your CV (e.g. Research, Teaching, and
Administration). For each position, include:
Title, organization name, city and state, dates position was held.
Bullet points that summarize your activities/duties, accomplishments, and successes.
Use action verbs.
: Give bibliographic citations for articles, pamphlets, chapters in books, research
reports, or any other publications that you have authored or co-authored. Use the format
appropriate to your particular academic discipline for a clean look.
Presentations (Oral and Poster)
: Give titles of professional presentations, name of conference or
event, dates and location, and, if appropriate in your discipline, also include a brief description.
Use the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline for a consistent and clean
Honors and Awards
: Receipt of competitive scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; names
of scholastic honors; teaching or research awards.
Three to five are appropriate. If you are responding to an advertisement that asks
for references, include those requested on a separate addendum sheet.
Optional Sections
Qualifications or Skills:
A summary of particular or relevant strengths or skills which you want to
highlight. Typically, this is not included as a separate section, but addressed in other sections.
Occasionally, it may be appropriate to list special computing or language skills.
Grants Received
: Include name of grant, name of granting agency, date received, and title or
purpose of research project.
Institutional Service
: List institutional committees you have served on, including offices held,
student groups you have supervised, or special academic projects you have assisted with.
: List all relevant certifications and the year received.
Professional Associations
: Memberships in national, regional, state, and local professional
organizations. Also, list significant appointments to positions or committees in these associations.
Student memberships in professional associations are appropriate.
Recent/Current Research:
Description of research projects recently conducted or in progress.
Include the type of research and a brief description of the purpose.
Community Involvement:
Appropriate and relevant volunteer work, church work, community
service organizations, etc.
Educational Travel:
Names of countries, dates, purpose.
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