Curriculum Vitae (CV) Template
When applying for certain types of positions in the United States, and for most international employment and educational opportunities, you will need a curriculum vitae, commonly referred to as a CV.
By following a template, you'll be able to quickly create your curriculum vitae. It will need to include a summary of your educational and academic background, as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, and affiliations.
See below for a template, along with a detailed breakdown of the information required from US and international CVs.
What to Include in a CV
A CV is both longer and far more detailed than a resume. It contains a comprehensive list of your academic and employment accomplishments rather than a brief summary. While a resume is often targeted toward a specific position, a CV offers a comprehensive look at your experience, and may include information that is not necessarily relevant to the job at hand (that said, if you are applying for a position as a professor, you do not need to include after-school jobs dating back to your teenage years). Here's more information on the difference between a CV and a resume.
While CVs are very common outside of the United States, within the US they are primarily reserved for academics and doctors. If you are applying for a job within the US, send a resume unless a CV is requested in the job posting.
The following includes the information you need to list on US and international curriculum vitae, and a template which includes all the information typically found on a curriculum vitae for employment or graduate school.
International Information to List
International employers often expect to read the type of personal information on a curriculum vitae that would not be included on an American resume or CV.
For example, date of birth, marital status, and citizenship information may be expected on an international curriculum vitae, but are not included in the United States.
US Information to List
In the US, a curriculum vitae is expected to contain detailed information about employment and academic history, publications, awards, and affiliations.
When writing a CV for graduate school or academia in the United States, the personal information included in this curriculum vitae template would be omitted.
Curriculum Vitae Template
The following template will give you an example of what to include in your CV and shows the appropriate format for a curriculum vitae.
Make a comprehensive list of the information you will need to include, and use it to compile your CV. Before you start, also review these tips for formatting a curriculum vitae.
City, State, Country
PERSONAL INFORMATION (depending on country)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Optional Personal Information (depending on country)
List in reverse chronological order (most recent experiences first); include position details and dates.
Research and Training
List in reverse chronological order and include dates, majors, and details of degrees for each institution attended, training received, and other educational programs. You can include specifics about your dissertation in this section, if applicable.
Graduate School or Program
High School (if no university education)
Include your certifications and accreditations, as well as the skills you have that are most relevant to the position for which you're applying.
Certifications and Accreditations
- Use this list of skills for examples of what to include.
HONORS AND AWARDS
RESEARCH AND/OR PUBLICATIONS
More CV Templates
Microsoft has a variety of curriculum templates that Office users can download and customize to create a CV:
More About Writing CVs
Of all of the different types of resumes, CVs are probably the most challenging and labor-intensive to write. What's the difference between a CV and a resume, anyway? When should job seekers use a curriculum vitae, commonly referred to as CV, rather than a resume? Here are more details on the differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume, when to use a CV, what to include, and how to write it.
Want to know more? Have a look at “Sample Curriculum Vitae and Writing Tips” for more international, academic, and general curriculum vitae templates, samples, and examples.