I decided to do an internet search today on what kind of templates are available for a Curriculum Vitae. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find one that really caught my eye.
So I made some that are going to help you out.
Below is an overview of my template. You can also opt-in to get the full template if you like what you see (more details further down).
A CV Is Not A Resume
FIrstly, I think this should be cleared up: A Curriculum Vitae is very different than a resume because it focuses on different things.
While a resume mainly looks at education and work experience, a CV is a more detailed look at all your accomplishments. CVs are also much longer than resumes — resumes are generally only a page or two in length for convenience, but CVs (especially if you have a long professional history) are much much longer. Lastly, a CV is used primarily in academia.
The CV Heading
This is likely the first thing that is seen when you submit your curriculum vitae, so it needs to be bold and inviting. Make it aesthetically pleasing and not too cluttered. And of course, you need to include your:
- Full legal name
- Easiest telephone number for contact
- and your personal email address
Having all of these is crucial to getting a follow-up interview.
Getting Into the Heart Of the CV Document
Now it’s time to list all your achievements. If you do this in an orderly fashion, you likely won’t miss anything. Let’s take it step by step by each category. Note – you don’t have to have an entry in every category. If you don’t have an item, leave that category out.
- Education: List all of your undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and certifications.
- Experience: Mention all of the employed positions you have held starting from the one you have right now.
- Publications: If you have any published work (such as books or articles), list them here.
- Research Experience: If you have done any research with an institution or organization, mention it here.
- Teaching Experience: If you have had any employment through teaching be sure to make note of that in this category.
- Presentations: Any speaking presentations you have had for an organization should be listed in this category. Be sure to include the organization’s name and your focus.
- Professional Development: Have you been to any seminars or programs that you feel have given you an extra edge in your professional expertise? List them here.
- Affiliations/Memberships: Any noteworthy organizations you are associated with or are a part of should be mentioned here.
- Interests: In this category, you should list any passions of yours that you feel capture your personality. List a couple and describe them in 1-2 sentences.
- Other Affiliations: If anything was missed, be sure to mention it in this last section. This can include familial experiences with an organization or any organizations that you have worked with, but are not directly a part of.
Here’s a Great CV Sample
A great CV will look like the one below this Sample CV. It has concise and relevant content with simple, effective formatting that will communicate your message and make the reader lean in.
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