Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae shortened as CV is a Latin word which means “the course of my lifewhen translated in English. In most cases, the term Curriculum Vitae is misunderstood for “résumé”, the two means different things. Although curriculum vitae and résumé have quite a several similarities, this article is aimed at breaking down the meaning of curriculum vitae and its expected content.

What is Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

A Curriculum Vitae is a piece of document that briefly states your past and existing skills, proficiency and experiences. CV is aimed at telling your employer that you possess the required skills to undertake the job which you applied for. CV is a document that helps you sell your talents, skills and proficiencies.

One only is expected to use a CV when applying for positions in academia.

When Do I Need a Curriculum Vitae?

Job seekers are required to use a CV when applying for academic or medical research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

Expected Content of Curriculum Vitae

It is recommendable that a job seeker nicely formats a CV to give room for clarity, professionalism and enhance readability. There are three recommended CV format options a job seeker is to choose from, these include functional, chronological and combined. To create a more accepted CV, consider these following vital information.

  • Personal and Contact information: Your full name, contact address, contact phone number and an official email address for contact purposes.

  • Academic history: List all schools attended and year graduated and certificates obtained following from high school through postdoctoral if applicable.

  • Professional experience(s): List all the organization(s) you had worked, job title(s), employed dates and experience/achievements summary.

  • Skills and Qualifications: State all the hard and soft skills you developed in your career.

  • Awards and honours: List all awards and honours received with their respective dates of reception.

  • Publications and presentations: Provide all citations and co-authors, dates of publications, summary, volume, pages and ISBN for publications. Provide the title of the presentation, date of presentation and venue of the presentation.

  • Professional associations: state all organization names, location, chapter and the dates of membership.

  • Grants and scholarships: Provide the name of the grant or scholarship, date awarded and the institution that provided the award.

  • Licenses and certifications: List all the name of the license or certificate, the date you earned it and the institution that awarded it.