A curriculum vitae, also known as a vita or a CV, is a detailed biographical summary of your educational background and employment experience used as an academic resume for students seeking graduate study. View a sample CV (PDF).
Make an appointment to have your CV critiqued by a career counselor. Also, consult a colleague or a mentor in your field who can point out inconsistencies, errors, or weaknesses and advise about any special formatting that is common to your field.
CVs Versus Resumes
Typically, resumes are used for internship or job search. However, some graduate programs, especially master’s degree programs in more applied fields such as business or international affairs, will request a resume. A resume is shorter than a CV and focuses more on work experience, while a CV is longer and focuses on research and publications. You may reference our resume samples if your graduate school application requires a resume.
A CV has three basic components:
Before creating the final draft, you should consider the following questions.