How to Prepare Your Resume


Preparing Your CV
The curriculum vitae, or CV, is quite simply a description of you and what you have done. It is an essential part of applying for a job and has the very specific purpose of getting you an interview. There is no single, ideal format for a CV - it should reflect you as an individual. Remember that it is the first impression you will create on a potential employer, so it is vital that you take the time to consider both the content and the layout before committing it to paper.


Make an Impact!
  • Your CV is there to get you an interview
  • The person reading your CV will make a judgement on your suitability in around 30 seconds
  • Your CV may be one of 10, 20 or 200+
  • The recruiter will be looking for reasons to reject you


  • Ready to Begin Preparing Your CV?
    Typical Resume categories or headings may include some or all of the following:
  • Personal/Contact Information
          --name
          --address
          --phone number(s)
          --email

  • Academic Background
          --postgraduate work
          --graduate work/degree(s), major/minors, thesis/dissertation titles
          --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
          --other work experience

  • Professional/Academic Honors and Awards

  • Professional Development
          --conferences/workshops attended, other activities

  • Research/Scholarly Activities
          --journal articles
          --conference proceedings
          --books
          --chapters in books
          --magazine articles
          --papers presented/workshops
          --ezine articles
          --work currently under submission
          --work in progress

  • Grants

  • Service
          --academic
          --professional
          --community

  • Academic/Research Interests

  • Affiliations/Memberships

  • Foreign Language Abilities/Skills

  • Consulting

  • Volunteer Work

  • References


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