I am currently preparing an educational CV. I see your outline on the website. Do I label each area and then add my personal data? I'm really confused on how the layout should be and my CV is due this week. I appreciate any help you may render.
The Career Doctor responds:
In the U.S. the curriculum vitae — often called a CV or vita — tends to be used more for scientific and teaching positions than a resume. In other parts of the world a CV is more common than a resume. The key thing to remember are the similarities between a resume and a CV – both have similar purposes — as marketing documents that provide key information about your skills experiences education and personal qualities that show you as the ideal candidate. Where a resume and a curriculum vitae differ is their use format and length. CVs typically have additional categories and are not limited to a certain number of pages. The typical academic vita has most of these categories/headings:
- Personal/Contact Information
- Academic Background
- Professional Licenses/Certifications
- Academic/Teaching Experience
- Technical and Specialized Skills
- Related/Other Experience
- Professional/Academic Honors and Awards
- Professional Development
- Research/Scholarly Activities
- Academic/Research Interests
- Foreign Language Abilities/Skills
- Volunteer Work
As with resumes do not include personal information (age marital status etc.) photos salary information and the like. And as with all job-search documents it's best not only to carefully edit and proofread your CV but because vitas vary by profession and discipline I would also ask a trusted colleague or mentor to review and critique it for you.
Read more – and see some samples — in my article Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) published on Quintessential Careers.