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Points to Consider (for your CV to have its desired impact)


As is true with resumes, your C.V. may get as little as 30-60 seconds of consideration by a potential employer, grant reviewer, or other reader. So, an effective vita must be able to attract (positive) attention, stimulate the reader's interest, create a desire to get to know you better, and generate action. To maximize effectiveness, it should be:

Clear -- this means well-organized, logical, readable, and easily understandable.

Concise -- since the C.V. is typically longer than the resume, there is sometimes a tendency to "pad" -- avoid the temptation! Be absolutely sure that there are no "double entries" -- no item should appear in the C.V. in more than one place. Present everything that is relevant and necessary, but keep it brief.

Complete -- be sure you have included all of the important and relevant information that the reader needs in order to make an informed decision about your application.

Consistent -- don't use an extensive mix of styles (such as an array of different fonts), and be sure to use the same order in presenting information -- that is, if you present your work experiences from most recent to least recent, use the same order of presentation for any other data

Current-- remember to include dates with all information; in addition, with a C.V., it is particularly critical to continually update the information; ideally, the C.V. should be revised at least once a year.

Finally, while the content is critical, you should also be conscious of the image you present with this document. Remember that your C.V. and accompanying letter may be your first contact with a prospective graduate program, employer, or grant reviewer. So, it needs to be visually appealing and should not contain any typographical or grammatical errors.

Source: University of North Florida