A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a comprehensive overview of those accomplishments that are relevant to teaching and research positions or fellowship and grant applications. It differs from a resume not only in length-–resumes are usually limited to a 1-page format while CVs can be considerably longer (anywhere from 3-20+ pages)—but also in content. The CV is a record of your scholarly achievement. It is a backward (historical) look at your education and academic experiences. The resume is a forward-looking document that takes your knowledge and experiences and records them as transferable skills. Before applying for any position, make sure you understand the differences and are using the appropriate document.
According to The Academic Job Search: A Practical Overview (Stanford Career Development Center), graduate students should ask themselves the following questions when creating a CV:
- Is it well designed, organized, and attractive? (well laid-out, and appropriate use of bold and italics).
- Are categories of information clearly labeled? (Education, Teaching, and Research).
- Is it easy to find certain sections of interest to search committee members? (Publications, Postdoc Experience, and Professional Associations).
- Has your advisor, and at least one other person, reviewed and critiqued it?
- Have you avoided acronyms?
- Has it been proofread several times to eliminate typographical errors?
There are many excellent resources both online and through the Hesburgh Libraries on the academic job search. Graduate Career Services has created a PDF to encapsulate the most pertinent information. Download it here.
- The Academic Job Search Handbook
- The Professor Is In
- Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering
- First Time on the Job Market? (Chronicle of Higher Education's job site)
- The Curriculum Vitae Handbook
Graduate Career Services has a Pinterest site where we have posted a wide variety of expertly curated online content that may be of interest to graduate students. Check out our Curriculum Vitae (CV) board for more tips and advice!