The Curriculum Vitae Tyrone Sessom Demystifying The CV “Without precise definitions or universal acknowledged distinctions, the terms resume and CV, the abbreviation of curriculum vitae and vita have been subject to personal opinions, biases, and esoteric interpretations.” ~Anthony, Roe The Resume • The resume is a document that summarizes qualifications, education, experience, skills, and other items relative to your objective. • Typical resumes include nonacademic pursuits, such as civic or community activities, and hobbies/interests. The CV • The CV is a special type of resume traditionally used in the academic community. Earned degrees, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations and relative activities are featured. • The CV is an academic version of a Resume Similarities • • • • • Identification Education Relevant Experience Professional Skills Activities Differences Resume is to Business as CV is to Academia ~Refer to Handouts Building A Good CV • • • • • • Do’s 12 Font Size (Times) Clear and Forward Easy to Scan Stress achievements Laser Quality Print Use Action Words • • • • • • Don’ts Include Illegal Info No Pictures No Abbreviations Special Fonts/Colors Waste Space Staple Keep in Mind! • • • • • • This is not you autobiography—keep focus Tell employers what they want to know Don’t use long paragraphs or sentences Make it simple and plain Format must be consistent DO NOT USE TEMPLATES!! Starting Out For starters, don’t worry about the length of the CV or the appearance. At this point, simply get your story down on paper. Editing comes later (That’s my job).