The curriculum vitae is a comprehensive biographical statement, typically three to ten pages in length, emphasizing professional qualifications and activities.

In the United States, a curriculum vitae (CV) is primarily utilized when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also important when applying for fellowships or grants.

There are several differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume. (According to Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, authors of So What Are You Going to Do With That?), the biggest difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae is that a resume focuses on the employer’s needs rather than explaining every detail of your credentials. A CV is a longer, more detailed synopsis of your background and skills. A CV includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds. As with a resume, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions. To create your curriculum vitae, start by making a list of all your background information, then organize it into categories. Make sure you include dates on all the publications you mention.

Vitae headings may include some or all of the following:

Personal/Contact Information
  • Name, address, phone number, email
Academic Background
  • Postgraduate Work
  • Graduate work/degree(s), major/minors, thesis/dissertation titles, honors
  • Undergraduate degree(s), majors/minors, honors
Professional Licenses/Certifications

Academic/Teaching Experience
  • Courses taught, courses introduced
  • Innovation in teaching
  • Teaching evaluations

Technical and Specialized Skills

Related/Other Experience

Professional/Academic Honors and Awards

Professional Development

Conferences/workshops attended, other activities