Write a Curriculum Vitae
Article by Steve
A Curriculum Vitae serves much the same purpose as a regular resume. However, a Curriculum Vitae is traditionally used for more technical positions such as the medical and computer fields. The format is very strict so be sure to include each section below.
Sections in a Curriculum Vitae
A Curriculum Vitae has a number of sections unlike a traditional resume which generally only has four. Below is a list of the sections and a brief description of each.
* Heading: At the top of a Curriculum Vitae, is the name, title “Curriculum Vitae,” and contact information
* Professional Objectives: This section is an overview of one’s professional and intellectual interests. It can vary in length from a sentence to a paragraph.
* Education: The education section of the Curriculum Vitae is much more detailed than that of a resume. Lists of courses, degrees, certifications, professorships, etc are included here.
* Honors and Awards: Here an exhaustive lists of wards and official accomplishments is included.
* Article Abstracts: Dissertations, Master Thesis and professional journal articles are abstracted here..
* Research Interests: This is specifically done when constructing a medical Curriculum Vitae.
* Laboratory Experience: List projects, institutions and partners in research. Abstract any resulting findings.
* Work Experience: This is for jobs that fall outside the academic or research field, as such it is generally a short section which simply lists job titles.
* Teaching Experience: Many Curriculum Vitae’s are written for the academic area, therefore this portion of the work history is a greater focus.
* Professional Associations: Membership in professional associations are included here. Memberships are almost a prerequisite for many fields that require a Curriculum Vitae.
* Background: This is a catch-all category to place info that doesn’t fit in other sections. As many technical and medical applicants travel internationally, citizenship info often goes here.
Writing Tips for a Curriculum Vitae
Just as with the more common resume, a Curriculum Vitae needs to be crafted carefully. Use keywords that are common to your field. These can be found by scanning job postings and the websites of the institutions in questions. While a Curriculum Vitae is longer this doesn’t mean it is filled with fluff. Keep your writing tight and focused. The acronym K.I.S.S. is appropriate here. Keep It Simple Stupid! The easier your Curriculum Vitae is to read and digest, the better your chances of landing an interview.
Once you have tried crafting your own Curriculum Vitae it makes sense to submit it to a qualified professional for a free review. Most resume and Curriculum Vitae writing companies offer this service, so take advantage of it!
About the Author
Steve is a freelance writer and educator specializing in career and job search articles and services.
I love the Curriculum Vitae.