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CVs are basically expanded resumes. In your CV, you summarize your academic and educational background including any teaching or research experiences. List these experiences in reverse chronological order (more recent experiences come first). The following information should be included:

  • Contact Information — your name, address, email, and phone number at the top of the CV
  • Education — the schools you have attended, dates, major, and any degrees obtained (or anticipated in the near future)
  • Thesis/Projects — if you completed a thesis (for example, as part of the honors program) or individual study project (e.g., you conducted an individual project while interning in a lab), include this information along with a 1-2 sentence explanation
  • Research Experience — include any research projects you have participate din, the dates you were involved, and a brief description (1–2 sentences).
  • Work Experience — same as for research experience
  • Teaching Experience — same as for research experience
  • Skills — this can include things like computer programs you are proficient in or foreign languages you know. Also, consider skills that might be important for the job you are applying for, such as the ability to drive a boat, live animal blood draws, or SCUBA diving certifications.
  • Interests — What are you personally interested in that might be useful to a potential employer.
  • Publications — List any publications you are an author on using a scientific citation format (e.g., Chicago Citation Style). This can include those already published, accepted, in review, or in preparation (if not already published, indicate what stage it is in).
  • Presentations — List any presentations you have made at professional conferences using a scientific citation format. Be sure to indicate if it was a poster or oral presentation.
  • Society Memberships — list any professional societies you are a member of and the dates of your membership (e.g., The Association for Environmental Studies and Science).
  • Awards/Honors — any awards or honors that you have received, this can include those handed out by your department or a dean’s list.
  • Grants — List any grants you have received and the date it was awarded. This can include travel grants for conferences.

This is a very basic outline of sections and you might not need all of these sections, or you might need new sections for experiences that do not fall within these categories. There are an infinite number of possible formats, take some time to look at examples online and choose one that fits the fields you plan to include and is visually pleasing. Pick a clear, easy-to-read font and use 10–12 point with the exception of section headings, which can be larger. Avoid using colors or patterns that distract the eye, you want it to be simple and easy to navigate. Be sure to follow any guidelines specified by the organization you are submitting your CV to, for example, if they specify a page length or font type. Any text in your CV should be brief and succinct.

Be sure to keep your sections uniform in format, and meticulously proofread everything for spelling, grammar, accuracy, and format.