Graduate Resume and Curriculum Vitae Guide
WHAT IS A RESUME?
Your marketing tool to prospective employers in industry
A concise one- to three-page document that highlights your most relevant experiences and skills tailored to each position to
which you are applying
Tip: Create a master resume of all your experiences and accomplishments. Use this record to write a one- to three-page tailored
resume for each position you apply for highlighting your most relevant qualifications.
WHAT IS A CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)?
An academic version of a resume that provides a professional archive of all your experiences related to your academic career
For graduate students, a CV is typically a few pages. Length can be determined by the amount and depth of your experiences.
A CV should then be tailored to the position you are applying for by ordering your sections from most to least relevant
Use your CV as a professional archive and keep it updated with all your accomplishments
Tip: Consider consulting with a faculty member or advisor for advice and feedback on your CV because they often serve on hiring
committees and have experienced an academic job search.
TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR RESUME OR CV:
Make a list of your experiences: Education, research, teaching, publications/presentations, organizations, etc.
Think about your contributions, skills you used and developed, and your significant achievements
Begin to craft your resume or CV by organizing these experiences into sections (examples below)
There are many sections that could be a part of your document. It is important to keep in mind that your document should be
specific to your experience and the position for which you are applying. You have flexibility in the choice, naming, and placement of
sections. While your contact information and education are usually listed first, other sections can be in any order, based on your
strengths and the requirements of the position or opportunity. If you are unsure if you should provide a resume or a CV, you may
want to contact the organization directly to see which they prefer.
RESUME AND CV SECTIONS
Below is a list of common sections you may use when creating your document. To see examples of these sections, refer to the
example resume and CV at the end of this guide.
Include your name, present and/or permanent address, telephone number, and email address.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:
Included on a resume, a set of bullet points (skills statements) that concisely highlight skills and experiences on your resume that
relate directly to the position.
Include all institutions of higher education you have attended and are currently attending in reverse-chronological order (most
recent first). Include: The degree you are seeking, university name, college name, city and state of the university, your (expected)
graduation date, and GPA. Thesis and dissertation titles, minors, coursework, academic awards, and study abroad programs may
also be included in this section.
Provide the title and a short description of your work, its framework, and your findings, as well as your advisor and committee
members. Also include the completion date.