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Curriculum Vitae Writing

Presented by:

Bobbie Ann Adair White, M.A.

Learning Resources

[email protected]

Contributors: Bobbie Ann A. White, MA, Prudence Zavala, Jenny Cureton, MS

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Personal Statement

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Curriculum Vitae

Your CV is YOUR Marketing Tool!

  • Highlights skills, knowledge, and experience you have to sell to a program

  • Provides a detailed description of your education, research, employment, and other relevant experiences

  • In-depth document that clearly reflects your qualifications

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Where to start…

  • Beginning

    • Brainstorm and collect all information

      • Suggestion: Always keep a running list of where you’ve worked and what you have done (with all details associated)

      • Suggestion: Always keep an updated CV

        Even if you’re happy in your full time position

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Volunteer work





Mandatory, key information, descriptive information that must be on your résumé/CV.


optional. Keep in mind that just because they are optional does not mean that they can’t be used as very important parts of your résumé/CV.

What to include…

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CV vs. Résumé

A vitae includes more in-depth information than a résumé. This means expanding some categories and adding others, such as:



  • LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS (academic or professional)



  • RELEVANT COURSEWORK (to match career or academic objective)

  • PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (This may also include a description of your thesis or dissertation.)

  • INTERESTS AND GOALS (future academic or professional goals) –will most likely be covered in your personal statement

  • TRAVEL (exposure to cultural experiences)

  • any additional information that may support your qualifications

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Key Information


    • Phone numbers, email address & mailing address


    • Put all RELEVANT experience on your CV

    • Don’t be redundant


    • Should be listed in reverse chronological order

  • Relevant Other

    • Volunteer work, Honors/Awards, Affiliations

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Key Information Cont…


    • Put your education first

    • Don’t forget to list any training or certifications

    • If you have yet to receive your degree at the time you send out your résumé/CV, don’t forget to put an anticipated graduation date

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Education – As in a résumé, education should be listed in reverse chronological order, including the items below. List only colleges/universities from which you obtained a completed degree. In a vitae, it is also important to include the name of your thesis or dissertation.

  • Degree, Graduation Date (Actual or Expected)

  • Institution, Location

  • Major(s) and/or Concentration(s) and Minor(s)

  • Thesis or Dissertation

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Education Example


Doctor of Medicine May 2006

Texas A & M Health Science Center, College of Medicine

Temple, Texas

Master of Public Health May 2001

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fort Worth, Texas

Concentration: Epidemiology

Thesis: “Epidemiological Modeling of a Bioterrorism Event in a

Noncombat Environment”

Bachelor of Science in Nursing May 1985

University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Belton, Texas

Minor: Communication Disorders

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Providing a section on Lectures and Presentations shows off your leadership and public speaking experience. Include papers/publications and presentations in APA format, or another standard format. Be sure to bold your name in each. An example might be:

Lin, Y. “Lipoproteins: Relationships Between Structure,

Metabolism and Nutrition” Presented at the American Society of Cell Biology 43rd Annual Meeting, June 1998.

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CV Don’ts


  • Label your document CV or Curriculum Vitae

  • List personal information on your CV

  • Give reasons why you left a job

  • Include negative information

  • Lie or exaggerate

  • Begin phrases with I or use complete sentences

  • Include a sentence at the bottom that states, “references available upon request”

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Why CVs are rejected…

  • Miss-spellings, typographical errors, poor grammar

  • The reader doesn’t know… WIFM (What’s in it for me?)

  • Poor visual layout (use plenty of white space)

  • The CV is too lengthy (usually means redundancy)

  • Too little information

  • Not results oriented

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Things to Remember…

  • Have someone proofread your CV

  • Begin phrases with action verbs

  • Be specific (quantify your accomplishments)

  • Be sure all verb tenses agree within each job description

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  • For additional information/help, see the CV handout.

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  • Want information on Personal Statements & Interviewing Skills?

    • See the website for Power Points and Handouts…

  • Need someone to proofread your CV or Personal Statement?

    • Contact Bobbie Ann Adair White, MA [email protected]

      Good Luck!

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