When to Use a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A curriculum vitae is most often used in an academic setting. Professionals who teach at the college level, conduct research, publish, and present are most likely to utilize a CV to chronicle their accomplishments over a career.  A CV is generally multiple pages, more detailed than a resume and may be required when applying for academic positions or graduate school. No two CVs look the same, here are some suggestions for inclusion.

Contact information

At the top of your CV, include your name and contact information. Outside of the US, many CVs include even more personal information, such as gender, date of birth, marital status, and even names of children.


Include college and graduate study; school attended, dates of study, and degree received.

Honors and awards

Include dean's list standings, departmental awards, scholarships, fellowships, and membership in any honors associations.


Include your thesis or dissertation title. You may also include a brief sentence or two on your paper and/or the name of your advisor.

Research experience

List any research experience you have, including where you worked, when, and with whom. Include any publications resulting from your research.

Work experience

List relevant work experience; this may include non-academic work. List the employer, position, and dates of employment. Include a brief list of your duties and accomplishments.

Teaching experience

List any teaching positions you have held. Include the school, course name, and semester. You may also include any other relevant tutoring or group leadership experience.


List any relevant skills you have not yet mentioned. This may include language skills, computer skills, administrative skills, etc.

Publications and presentations

List any publications you have written, co-written, or contributed to. Include all necessary bibliographic information. You should also include any pieces you are currently working on. Include papers you presented at conferences and/or associations: list the name of the paper, the conference name and location, and the date.

Professional memberships

List any professional associations to which you belong. If you are a board member of the association, list your title.

Extracurricular activities

Include any volunteer or service work you have done, as well as any clubs or organizations to which you have belonged.


Include the name, title, and contact information for those people who have agreed to be a reference for you.

Sample CVs