Below is a list of categories that are typically included in a CV. A CV is an expansive outline of your professional career. This format is helpful when: applying to graduate school, applying for scholarships or grants, applying for a faculty position, applying to receive an award or accolade, or submitting for research publication. A CV does not have page limits, but should be concise, coherent to read, and avoids including extraneous information.

 Contact Information:

  • Include:  your legal name, letter(s), address, professional e-mail address, telephone number
  • Place this information at the top of first page
  • Include last name and page number at the top or bottom of every additional page

 Education:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include name of institution, city and state, degree earned, graduation month and year, major, GPA (optional) for each institution
  • Include scholarships, honors, and/or awards for each institution here or under another category
  • Do NOT include high school information
  • Include information of all graduate/professional programs you attended, even if you did not obtain degree (including study abroad)

Teaching/ Research/ Clinical Experience:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Highlight your strengths and abilities
  • Teaching experiences should include any teaching positions you had, (e.g., teaching assistant, guest lecturer, graduate assistant for a class, adjunct instructor, etc.) and subjects taught
  • Research includes details about your research, master’s level thesis, independent work, collaborative work with professor or colleague, etc. Include title of research, when it was completed, and any relevant details about study and information on your research subject area
  • Clinical includes information about client population and setting (while maintaining confidentiality).  Include any relevant details about clinical orientation, methods, and any other relevant information

 Professional Experience:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include position title, company name, location, month and year of employment
  • Include description in paragraph or bullet list form that discusses your type of work, level of responsibility, supervision provided to self or others, outcomes of projects, achievements, promotions, positions held that led to current position with employer, and work awards
  • Do NOT report salary information
  • Do NOT include reason for leaving job/position

 Publications/Professional Presentations:

  • List professional publications and manuscripts (includes in print, in press, & under review) using APA/MLA citation style
  • List presentations at professional conferences and workshops using APA/MLA citation style
  • Do NOT list unprofessional publications (i.e., school newspaper) or class presentations

Professional Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Include all memberships in professional associations
  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include level of membership (affiliate, student, full, etc.)
  • If it is not well known, include brief description of organization
  • For all organizations, list role/offices or projects you were a part of
  • Include any special committee memberships

 Awards and Scholarships:

  • Include the name of the award/scholarship, who nominated, who bestowed, type of award/scholarship, and date received; list in reverse chronological order 
  • If substantial scholarship, include dollar amounts
  • Do NOT include awards that are considered padding your CV (ex: “Who’s Who Among Graduate Students”)

 Community Service:

  • You can list volunteer opportunities, student recruitment efforts, public speaking efforts, service learning and other community involvement activities
  • List in reverse chronological order

 Other Sections (when applicable):

  • Do NOT include continuing education workshops you attended at conferences/workshops (exception: to indicate specialty training in a particular area).
  • Do NOT list specific courses you took
  • Additional categories you may include: study abroad, graduate fieldwork, grants, specialized training, lab protocols, fellowships, postdoctoral appointments, patents, exhibitions, language competencies, etc.

 References:

  • Check with references BEFORE providing their names and contact information
  • Be sure to: spell their names correctly, use proper titles, include position title, company name, address, and a contact number and/or e-mail address

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References:

Williams-Nickelson, C., Prinstein, M. J., & Keilin, W. G. (2013). Internships in psychology: The APAGS workbook for writing successful applications and finding the right fit (3rd Ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The Pennsylvania State University (2014). “Resumes and Cover Letters.” Retrieved from: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/students/resumes.shtml#partsresume