The curriculum vitae (CV) Gilberto Díaz-Santos, Ph.D.
A CV enumerates a person's background and career in order to establish credentials for a position (job, studies, etc.) which involves the selection of a limited number of candidates among many others.
You may need to write/submit a CV • to people who are offering you an employment, a study course, etc. • to people (you have met or not) or organizations you would like to work with. • to prepare yourself for a job/studies-related interview.
A CV and its purpose Depending on its purpose and audience, a CV will highlight the candidate's professional life differently. Chronological CVs show a career more comprehensively. They are useful for academic or management positions. Functional CVs focus on the skills or expertise required for a certain job.
Typical information Any CV
Typical information in any kind of CV • Personal/contact information • full name (write your family name in BLOCK CAPITALS) • title(s) • office address or home address • phones • e-mail address Information such as date of birth, gender, race or marital status need not be provided.
Typical information in any kind of CV Education: recent school, college or postgraduate courses presented in reverse chronological order. Work experience: Details of paid and unpaid jobs, dates and responsibilities also presented in reverse chronological order.
Reverse chronological orderDates and facts are organized starting with the most recent events.
Typical information in any kind of CV Offices and main responsibilities: positions of leadership. Awards: awards received, specifying dates, names of the awards and granting institutions.
Abbreviations indicating degrees earned B.A., B.Ed., B.S. or B.Sc., B.Eng. (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering). M.A., M.Ed., M.S. or M.Sc., M.D., M.B.A. (Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science, Doctor of Medicine, Master of Business Administration). Ph.D., D.Ed., (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education)
Abbreviations and expressions of excellence in graduation summa cum laude: with the highest honors magna cum laude: with great honors cum laude: with honors hons.: with honors 1984 B.Eng. (hons) Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Holguin.
Other pieces of information Chronological CVs only
Typical information in chronological CVs • Main conference presentations: titles of presentations you have given at important events. • Publications: books or articles that you have published. • Reviews: books, articles or theses that you have been asked to review or referee.
Other pieces of information Functional CVs
Management • Coordinated and supervised conference facilities of 4 major international events (Pedagogía 2003, Expolingua 2003, Universidad 2004, and FITRANS 2004). Writing/editing • Served as production editor for quarterly telecommunications newsletter (2008-present). Professional accomplishments
Computer skills • Creating and modifying complex Microsoft Office documents. • Managing e-mail and distribution lists. • Performing simple database queries to extract or select records according to specified criteria. • Troubleshooting of basic technical problems.
Customer service skills • Delivering excellent service at all points of contact. • Building strong relationships. • Obtaining and evaluating feedback from customers.
Financial skills • Managing payment processes and documents. • Producing financial plans to support activities for department or company. • Interpreting financial data for decision-making.
Other skills for life • Driving. • Speaking foreign languages. • Typing. • Swimming. • Handling and maintenance of electronic equipment.
Computer skills • Managing e-mail and distribution lists. Writing/editing • Served as production editor for quarterly telecommunications newsletter. • I can manage e-mail and electronic lists for the distribution of information. • I served as the production editor for a quarterly newsletter of tele-communications.
A CV is not written in grammatically correct sentences, but in sentences where some linguistic elements have been deleted (gapped). This makes the CV more readable and less egocentric.
The linguistic elements most likely to be gapped are: • First person pronouns (I , we) • Auxiliary verbs (be, have, modal verbs) • Articles (a, the) • Relative clause elements (that, which) • Certain prepositional phrases • Some sentences/phrases are reduced to attributive noun groups.
Examples of gapped sentences in CVs: Original sentence: I can speak Spanish, French, and German. Gapped sentence: Languages spoken: Spanish, French, German.
Examples of gapped sentences in CVs: Original sentence: Between years 2000 and 2001, I was asked to design several web pages for Cuban radio networks. Gapped sentence: Designed web pages for Cuban radio networks (2000-2001).
Homework Find in the dictionary the meaning of the following words. Compare the meanings in each pair. • participate - facilitate • find - implement • work with - collaborate with • stimulate - suggest • make good changes - revitalize