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The Curriculum Vitae: Design Basics for Students. Sherry Luedtke, PharmD Associate Dean, Professional Affairs TTUHSC School of Pharmacy. What’s a CV?. Curricula vitae Latin “course of life” Used in lieu of a resume for international, professional, or academic positions

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the curriculum vitae design basics for students

The Curriculum Vitae:Design Basics for Students

Sherry Luedtke, PharmD

Associate Dean, Professional Affairs

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

what s a cv
What’s a CV?
  • Curricula vitae
    • Latin “course of life”
  • Used in lieu of a resume for international, professional, or academic positions
  • Used for application purposes as well as means for introducing invited speakers
how is a cv different than a resume
How is a CV different than a Resume?
  • Longer (2+ pages)
  • Content
    • Summary of academic, teaching, research, publications, honors, and service
  • Purpose
    • Career biography
contents of a standard cv
Contact information

Professional objective

Professional licenses and certifications


Work experience

Clinical rotation experiences



Research experience

Scholarly activities

Awards and honors


Professional memberships

Community service activities


Contents of a Standard CV
contents of standard cv
Contents of Standard CV
  • Complete contact information
    • Use permanent mailing address
    • Consider including campus address, but indicate which is permanent mailing address
    • Include your email address
  • Professional objective
    • The more specific the better
    • Taylor to each position you target
      • Residency versus clinical position
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Contents of Standard CV
  • Professional licenses/certifications
    • Include licensure/certification numbers
  • Education
    • Degree completion dates
    • Major
    • Institution attended
  • Work experience
    • Title of position, dates of employment
    • Name of institution, location
    • Description of experience, responsibilities, and achievements
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Contents of Standard CV
  • Clinical rotation experiences
    • As student list clerkship experiences similar to work experiences
    • List rotation site, preceptor, short description of activities
  • Presentations
    • List titles, audience, dates
    • Include academic presentations to highlight communication skills
contents of standard cvs
Contents of Standard CVs
  • Publications/Posters
    • List all publications in AMA style
    • Include newsletters, case reports, original research
  • Research experiences
    • List any research experiences (lab technician, data collection experience)
    • Describe research skills developed
  • Scholarly activities
    • List involvement in special projects and activities
    • Examples: DUE projects, data collection role in study, experiences in projects on rotations
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Contents of Standard CV
  • Awards and honors
    • List specific awards, scholarships, recognitions
  • Grants
    • List grant (submitted and funded), funding source, amount, dates
  • Professional memberships
    • List membership in organizations
    • Leadership positions held and committee involvement (dates)
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Contents of Standard CVs
  • Community service activities
    • List/describe volunteer and community service activities
      • Activities with student organizations
      • CAP projects
  • References
    • Generally provided separately
    • Ask before listing someone as reference
    • Available upon request
different versions of cvs
Different Versions of CVs
  • Similar to a resume, different versions may be necessary for different positions
  • Professional objective taylored to the position
  • Prioritize key experiences important for the position to be presented early within CV
stylistic considerations
Stylistic Considerations
  • Order of contents of CV should reflect individuals strengths and take into consideration experiences necessary for the position
  • Use action words when describing experiences
  • Reverse chronological order
  • Standard 8 ½ X 11 inch bond paper
  • Single side printing, preferably laser
  • Conservative, 12-14 size font throughout
  • Avoid excessive lines, graphics, shading, etc
important cs of cvs
Important “Cs” of CVs
  • Clear
    • Well-organized, content flows well
  • Concise
    • Include relevant and necessary information
  • Complete
    • Includes everything you need to show qualifications
  • Consistent
    • Use consistent design, fonts, layout
  • Current
    • Keep up to date, update at least annually
important don ts for cvs
Important “Don’ts” for CVs
  • Spelling or grammatical errors
    • Proof, proof, proof . . . . then proof again!!
    • Have numerous people review
  • Difficult to read fonts/small font size
    • Minimal 12 pt font, laser printer
    • Standard fonts preferred
    • Think conservative
  • Cheap paper
    • White, cream, gray bond paper
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Important “Don’ts” for CVs
  • Folding, stapling
    • Send in large envelope to companies
    • Consider inserting header (upper right corner) with name
  • “Mass” mailing “to whom it may concern”
    • Target specific individual within a company
  • Weak objective/philosophy
  • Lack cover letter
    • First thing that is seen; need strong letter
cover letters
Cover Letters
  • Often more important than CV when mailing information for a position
  • Need to make your letter unique to stand out from the rest
  • Creative/unique letters
    • Show that you have researched the position and/or institution/company
    • Refer to connections that you might have
      • Faculty members, residents
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Cover Letters
  • Cover letters should be addressed to a specific individual
    • Verify correct name spelling, title
  • First paragraph
    • State interest in the position
    • Include several sentences which indicate interest in position and qualifications
    • “After spending a great deal of time working as an intern in a Children’s Hospital, I was interested to learn about the position for a clinical pharmacist at Children Are Us Hospital.”
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Cover Letters
  • Second/third paragraph
    • Refer to CV enclosed and highlight experiences that prepare you for the position
    • Personalize the qualities listed on CV pertinent to the position
    • “The most enjoyable experiences I have had during my clerkships occurred during my Pediatrics rotation. Seeing the smile and sense of accomplishment on the face of the 5 year old newly diagnosed diabetic whom I taught insulin injection technique . . .”
  • Closing statement
    • List contact information if any questions, enthusiasm for position, offer to provide any additional information
follow up thank you letters
Follow-up/Thank You Letters
  • Decisions for second interviews/hiring may be influenced by your follow-up after an interview
  • Just as important for positions no longer interested in pursuing
    • Thank for time
    • “I appreciate the time you spent with me discussing the position, however the position does not meet my career goals at this time. . .”
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Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
  • Address letter to specific individual(s)
    • Verify correct name spelling, title, etc
  • Avoid generic letters
    • Make unique by referring to discussions/experiences during interview
  • Timeliness
    • Within 1 week of interview
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Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
  • First paragraph
    • Indicate reason for letter/appreciation for interviewers time
    • “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me to discuss the clinical pharmacist position at . . .”
  • Second paragraph
    • Express continued interest in the position, your individual contribution or “fit” with the position, understanding of positions requirements
    • “After our visit, I believe the flexibility and emphasis on clinical practice of the position would fit well with my goals . .”
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Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
  • Third paragraph (optional)
    • Clarify misunderstandings during interview, questions about your qualifications
    • “Although I know that your are looking for someone who has more experience, I feel that my . . .”
  • Closing statement
    • Re-emphasize continued interest and enthusiasm for the position, contact information
skills employers want
Skills Employers Want
  • Communication skills
    • Highlight in presentations/publications
  • Teamwork/interpersonal skills
    • Highlight group activities in coursework
  • Computer skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Self-confidence
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Work ethic
on line resource materials for cvs and cover letters
On-line Resource Materials for CVs and Cover Letters

Numerous on-line resources providing examples and templates for CVs and letters:

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On-line Resource Materials for CVs and Cover Letters (cont’d)
ashp on line resources
ASHP On-Line Resources
  • Professional Development Book
    • Preparations for Midyear interviews, residencies application process
    • Example CVs, cover letters, etc (pgs 14-15; 32-40
  • Career Development Kit
    • Information on job search, CV writing, interviewing skills, contract negotiation
    • CV writing tips (pg23-36)