What’s a Curriculum Vitae?

Alright, so what’s a Curriculum Vitae and why would you need one?

Well, you know your resume should (at most) be a one page synopsis of your work history and education.  Since it’s only one page long you can imagine that you’re not going to be really in-depth with the things you did in school.  Now, let me put in right here that MOST employers only want a resume!  If they don’t ask for a curriculum vitae don’t give them one…trust me…it’s annoying.

Now, if a curriculum vitae is requested what should you do with it?  Well, it’s a good place for you to go into detail about what you did in school.  Did you have teaching and/or research assistant experience? (Note: Research Assistant does not mean you did a research paper, it means you were part of ongoing research by a professor for an academic journal.)  Were you published?  Did you present at any large conferences?  Did you receive any academic honors or awards?  Were you a part of an academic community?  By elaborating on these things you can show that even though you may not have a hearty work history, you know what you are doing and you are qualified for the job at hand.

You could even do an e-portfolio to really impress employers, but more on that later.

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