A Guide to Creating Your CV
May 17, 2016
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Use this reference sheet as you update or create your first CV.
Ordering your CV
- Standard contact information: List your name, address, phone, and email.
- Educational background: Reverse chronological order is preferred, but chronological order is okay, too.
- Employment history: Use the same order as the education section.
- Experience: Order from most to least relevant based on the job description.
- Reference contact information: Briefly indicate your association with each of your references.
- Shape each CV for every job application to best convey your initiative and interest.
- Emphasize how your interests and background match the job description.
- Create a special skills section to showcase your expertise in the areas the employer is looking for.
- Be honest. Distortions or lies can lead to dismissal — even after you have been hired.
- Make the CV attractive but not flashy. Write clear, concise statements on plain white paper. Avoid colored lettering and fancy script.
- Proofread your CV carefully. Spelling and grammatical errors are red flags.
- Explain any gaps. Raising a family or serving in the military are often viewed positively.
- List appropriate outside interests or hobbies.
- Avoid jargon and colloquial phrases.
- Leave out trivial accomplishments or honors. Do not “pad” your CV.
- Do not include a photo.
Looking for more CV and resume resources? Read Resume and CV Design: Tips for Graduate Students and Tailoring Your CV.
Adapted from the SfN webinar, Transforming Your Resume or CV: Insider Tips for Any Position.