What to Include in Your Curriculum Vitae
Your curriculum vitae or CV should contain your contact details, personal information, education, work history, research experience, publications, grants, fellowships, institutional service, professional associations, accreditation, workshops, seminars, presentations, licenses, awards, volunteer work, computer skills, languages, hobbies, and interests.
What Not to Include
There is no need to include your photo, your salary history, the reason you left your previous position or references in your curriculum vitae. References should be listed separately (on a separate page) and given to employers upon request.
Edit and Proofread Your Curriculum Vitae
Double-check your curriculum vitae for typos and grammatical errors. Then ask someone else to review it for you. Remember, it is usually hard to catch our own mistakes. Look at the format of your curriculum vitae and ask someone else to take a look. Is there plenty of white space? Is it cluttered?
Is your formatting consistent (capitalization, full stops, bold, italic, spacing, etc.)? Does it look professional and accomplished?
Keep it Short
If possible, try to keep your curriculum vitae compact. Include summaries of your employment and education, rather than lots of details. Use formal (no slang or abbreviations) and well-written language, writing simply and clearly. Do not repeat yourself.
Tell the Truth
Most employers conduct reference and background checks. If your curriculum vitae does not describe your real work history or education, you will get caught and you will either not get the job or will get fired if you have already been hired.