How to Write a CV

How to Write a Curriculum Vitae

Create The Format Of Your CV
Gather all potentially useful information and organize it under different categories. The information should be brief and communicate professionalism and enthusiasm. Review your CV for proper grammar and correct spelling. Below, you will find potential categories that you may use.

Contact Information
This information is usually at the top of the page and includes your name, address, email and telephone number. Do not include your nickname. Spell out words like Street, South, Avenue, etc.

Education
List the complete name of the institution, your major, year degree was earned, name of degree, and location of institution. The order in which you present this information is based on your preference but list them beginning with the most recent training.

Work Experience
Begin by creating a subheading for part-time and full-time employment entries. List the employer's name and address, your job title, and the dates of your employment. List them beginning with the most recent.

Professional Licensure
List the license title and number, years the license is active, and the state in which the license is valid. List them beginning with the license most recently issued.

Certifications
List the name of the certification and the years when it is active. List them beginning with the most recent.

Awards And Honors
List the award name and the year when it was received. List them beginning with the most recent.

Research Experience
List where and when the research was done, your position, and your responsibilities. Your description of responsibilities should be uniform across all research experiences listed. List them beginning with the most recent.

Conferences Attended
List the name of the conference, the location where the conference was held, and dates of attendance. List them beginning with the most recent.

Publications
Include the author, title, and year of publication. You can use separate headings for different types of publications including journal articles, abstracts, etc. List publications beginning with the most recent.

Research Presentations
List your research presentation title, location where it was presented, and dates of presentations. Begin with the most recent presentation.

Teaching Experiences
List your title, location, roles and responsibilities, and dates of experience. Begin with the most recent.

Shadowing Experience
List the physician, medical facility, and dates. You can also include your roles and responsibilities. Begin with the most recent

Professional Affiliations
List memberships of any national, state, or local organization that you are a part of. Begin with the most recent.

Leadership Experience
List leadership positions of any national, state, or local organization that you are a part of. A brief description of your roles and responsibilities can be included. Keep the descriptions uniform across all listed experiences.  

Service Activities
List volunteer experiences and location and dates of service. A brief description of roles and responsibilities can be included for all entries. List them beginning with the most recent.

Study Abroad
List study abroad experiences, brief description of roles and responsibilities, and dates of attendance. List them beginning with the most recent.

Languages
List your fluency of languages spoken or understood.

Here are some final points. Your CV should be clear, concise, and easy to read. Be consistent under all categories. Do not provide information under one entry and not do the same for other entries in the same category. Do not mention the same entry in more than one category. Present information beginning with the most current in all categories. Have your final version of the CV proofread by someone else.

References

  1. Ackerley, N. (2015). How to write your CV. Veterinary Nursing Journal, 30(9), 252-252. doi:10.1080/17415349.2015.1068544

  2. Cover Letter, Resume and Curriculum Vitae. American College of Physicians. https://www.acponline.org/about-acp/about-internal-medicine/career-paths/residency-career-counseling/guidance/cover-letter-resume-and-curriculum-vitae

  3. How to Write a C.V.: Tips for Physicians and Medical Students. American College of Physicians. https://www.acponline.org/membership/medical-students/residency/how-to-write-a-cv

  4. How to Write a Curriculum Vitae. https://www.pomona.edu/administration/career-development/how-to/write-curriculum-vitae

  5. How to Write a Successful CV. https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv.htm



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