Preparing a Curriculum Vitae

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Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are used almost exclusively for those in academics and with advanced degrees or in countries outside the United States. Occasionally, an admissions committee may require a CV; however, this is very rare. Resumes should be used for all other purposes in the United States. Please see our resume page for more information regarding resumes.

Curriculum vitae means, literally, “the course of your life.” The vitae or CV denotes a scholarly demeanor, summarizes your academic/employment history and accomplishments and communicates familiarity with the workings of academia in a structured form. You will need to adapt this sample to your individual needs.

Practical and research experiences can be listed together or separately, depending on what will strengthen your CV, but in either case indicate position title, relevant dates, number of hours, duties performed and the supervisor. Specific research competencies might lead you to add an extra section to the CV and list these. Omit this optional section if you have none or only one; in the latter case, describe the special qualification in your personal statement. Similarly, only include a “Presentations” or “Publications” section if you have conducted a presentation or developed a poster. Otherwise, omit it. The names of references should be listed only after you have obtained their permission to do so. Never list a reference on a CV or application form unless you have secured that person’s agreement to write a letter in support of your application.

The CV, like personal statements, should be printed on standard-sized, white or cream stock. Purchase good quality bond paper for these documents, Below is a sample CV.

Sample CV

Source: Excerpts from (2016). Norcross, John C. and Sayette, Michael A. Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. The Guilford Press: New York, NY.