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What Is Usually Included in a C.V.?

The categories listed below are often included in CVs. However, no CV contains all of them, and some C.V.s will contain other categories that are not listed here. The basic rule is that your own unique educational and work experiences should be carefully considered when deciding which categories will be most effective in accomplishing your particular goals. Arrange whichever categories you use to reflect your strengths in the most advantageous way.

The first step in actually developing your C.V. is to sit down and to write down all relevant information -- later you can organize it into categories, then do whatever editing is necessary. After you have written down all relevant information, you should develop a hierarchy, placing the most important and relevant categories and information first. All other information can be listed in descending order of importance.

Possible Sections to Include In Your C.V.

Heading Name, address(es), and phone number(s), including area code(s).

Education Listing of earned academic degrees beginning with the degree in progress or most recent degree earned (for most of you, this will be your B.A.). Include: name of institution; city and state; degree type (B.A., B.S., M.A., etc.) and area of concentration (Mathematics, Biology, Political Science); month and year degree was (will be) received. Note: You may wish to include the title (using the format appropriate to your particular academic field) of your thesis here. In addition, if you are an undergraduate and your GPA is 3.5 or higher, you may include that here.

Certification(s) List all areas of certification relevant to the position; include: type; year received.

Honors Or Awards Receipt of competitive scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, etc.; Dean's List recognition; names of scholastic honoraries; teaching or research awards.

Relevant Experience Listing of positions (part-time, full-time, temporary and permanent) which relate to the type of work sought. Include: department/firm/agency/organization; complete name; city and state; job/position title; dates; also include a brief description of your activities/duties, using strong action verbs. Usually you will list these with most recent experience first (i.e., reverse chronological order).

Other Experience Groupings of kinds of other experiences (including volunteer work and/or internships) can enhance your C.V. Your experience can also be broken into other categories such as: " Teaching,; Counseling, Administration, Volunteer, Community, Internship. Entries within each section should be in reverse chronological order.

Grants Received Include name of grant; name of granting agency; date received; title or purpose of research project.

Professional Associations Memberships (with dates) should be listed for current (or recent, if relevant) memberships in national, regional, state, and local professional organizations, and any significant appointments and/or elections to positions or committees in these associations. Student memberships in professional associations should be listed.

Publications Give bibliographic citations (using the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline) for articles, pamphlets, chapters in books, research reports, etc. that you have authored or co-authored; for people in fine arts areas, this can include descriptions of recitals, art exhibits, etc.

Presentations Give titles of professional presentations (using the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline); name of conference or event; dates and location; if appropriate in your discipline, can also include brief description. Also list any professional workshops you have conducted here. Presentations should be listed in reverse chronological order.

Recent/Current Research (If applicable) Description of research projects recently conducted or in progress: type of research, purpose, etc.

Institutional Service This includes names of institutional committees you have served on (including any offices held), student groups you have supervised, special academic projects you have directed, etc. Note: usually this is a category that only becomes relevant after you have obtained a position in academia and gained some related experience.

Courses Taught Once you have obtained a teaching position, you will often list the names of courses you have taught, institution and dates where taught, and brief course descriptions.

Community Involvement Volunteer work, church work, community service organizations, etc.

Educational Travel Names of countries, dates, purpose (typically, only include this if relevant to the position/grant for which you are applying).

References Optional to end vita with statement " Available upon Request. If you are responding to an advertisement that asks for references, include those requested on a separate addendum sheet.

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, however, it may be appropriate, e.g., to list special computing or language skills).

Note: The titles given are suggestions (based on those most typically seen in C.V.s) for possible categories to use in organizing your vita; synonyms or similar titles are certainly acceptable, as long as the alternative choices are appropriately professional and clearly understandable.


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