How to Write an Academic Curriculum Vitae

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Most of us may be asking, “What’s an academic curriculum vitae”, others may ask, “Is it the same with a regular resume?”  The academic curriculum vitae are not the same as resumes. These may contain some information, which the resume also has, but it has emphasis on academic exploits or experiences from a relevant job.  The curriculum vitae or CV is also longer compared to a resume. A CV may vary in length from 2 or more pages. Some applicants may even have CVs in excess of ten pages but 10 pages is long enough. Having more pages make it hard for the employer to look for information especially when it was raised on an interview. It is named so since it gives more emphasis on the academe and on related job exploits only. Another job requires totally different curriculum vitae.

The curriculum vitae are a requirement when applying for a job in any of these fields: science, education, engineering, research and any other academic fields. Countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East also prefer the CV than a regular resume. In this article we will learn how to write a CV by dissecting it into its constituent parts and further elaborating on them. A CV may contain some if not all of these fields.

Personal Contact Information:  This is the part where you should place your name, address, phone numbers, email address and etc.

Academic Background: This is the part where you state your postgraduate work, graduate work/degree(s), minors and majors, thesis and dissertation titles, honors, or undergraduate degree(s), majors, minors and honors.

Professional Licenses/ Certifications: If you have passed licensure exams and or certifications. Indicate them here. If the marks you got are exemplary, it’s best to state the mark next to the certification or exam that you got it in.

Academic/Teaching Experience: This part describes any experience that you have in the teaching or academic field. It would be good to state the courses you have taught/ introduced, any teaching innovation you applied or made, and any teaching evaluations you have undergone as well.

Technical and Specialized Skills: Languages spoken, computer troubleshooting, programming, and networking are just some of the skills that should be written here. This part acts more like a buffer to the V itself and in the end, to you as well. It shows your potential employer your versatility and flexibility as an employee. Skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for should be given emphasis on this part.

Related or Other work Experience: This is the part where you state with your most recent job. If the job experience is irrelevant, that part may just be left out. Go for ones that are related or very similar to the job that you are applying for.

Professional Development: it is important to state seminars that you have gone to, workshops that you have taken part in so with any other activities that may have honed your skills to be a better professional. This is the part where you emphasize these points.

Research/Scholarly Activities: In this part, you give details mostly on your written academic and literary pieces. You may cite journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and chapters in books, magazine articles, papers and workshops, ezine articles, work still being submitted or other work in progress. The criteria for putting them in is their relevance and that they are authored or co-authored by you.

References: the name, contact number, current position and the person’s relation to you are important and should be stated completely in the reference part. Good references are people you have closely worked with, direct superiors or college professors.

Miscellaneous: In this part, you may out in the Grants that you have taken or given, interests, volunteer work, group affiliations and etc. Make sure that whatever you right in this part are still substantially relevant to the position you applied for.


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