Curriculum Vitae Writing Presented by: Bobbie Ann Adair White, M.A. Learning Resources firstname.lastname@example.org Contributors: Bobbie Ann A. White, MA, Prudence Zavala, Jenny Cureton, MS
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
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
CONTACT INFORMATION Objective EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE Skills Research Presentations/Lectures Volunteer work Interests Affiliations Awards/Grants Bold: Mandatory, key information, descriptive information that must be on your résumé/CV. Italicized: 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…
CV vs. Résumé A vitae includes more in-depth information than a résumé. This means expanding some categories and adding others, such as: • CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING • LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS • LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS (academic or professional) • BOARDS AND COMMITTEES • SPECIAL PROJECTS • 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
Key Information • CONTACT INFORMATION • Phone numbers, email address & mailing address • EXPERIENCE • Put all RELEVANT experience on your CV • Don’t be redundant • EDUCATION • Should be listed in reverse chronological order • Relevant Other • Volunteer work, Honors/Awards, Affiliations
Key Information Cont… • EDUCATION/TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT • 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
EDUCATION 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
Education Example EDUCATION 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
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS 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.
CV Don’ts Don’t: • 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”
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
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
Resource: • http://www.aamc.org/members/facultydev/facultyvitae/fall05/cv_tips.htm • For additional information/help, see the CV handout.
Questions? • 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@example.com Good Luck!