Curriculum Vitae (CV) Template

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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 using a CV template, you'll be able to create your own curriculum vitae quickly. 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.

However, keep in mind that your CV will vary based on your industry, as well as whether you are writing a CV for an international position or a position in the United States. Be sure you tailor your curriculum vitae for the job or program for which you're applying.

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. However, that does not mean that you need to list (or that you should list) every single job you have ever held. Instead, it means that you can include every piece of information about you that is relevant to the job.

While CVs are very common outside of the United States, within the US they are primarily reserved for academics and those in medicine or scientific research. If you are applying for a job within the US, send a resume unless a CV is requested in the job posting.

Know what type of information you should include in your CV based on both your industry and where in the world you are sending your CV.

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.
  • Some international CVs include an “interests” section in which you can show your personality a bit. However, if you choose to include this, be sure that your interests relate at least tangentially to the job. For example, if you are applying for a job in publishing, you might mention that you run a book club.

    United States Information to List

    • In the US, you do not need to include the detailed personal information that you do in an international CV. The only personal information you need is your name, address, and contact information.

    Academic Information to List

    • If you are applying for a job in academia, you will include any information related to your education, teaching, and research, including any publications and presentations.
    • You may also include any fellowships or grants you have received, honors and awards, and professional memberships.
    • Also include any relevant employment experiences.

    Medicine/Scientific Research Information to List

    • If you are applying for a job in medicine, you will include a lot of the same information as you would in an academic CV (including your education, publications, presentations, fellowships, etc.).
    • You will also likely include more detailed descriptions of your research experience and research projects.
    • Also include any relevant employment experiences.

    Curriculum Vitae Template

    A CV template gives you an example of what you might include in your own CV. It also shows you the appropriate format for a curriculum vitae.

    When using a CV template to write your own curriculum vitae, be sure to only include the information that is relevant to your industry and to the country you want to work in.

    City, State, Country
    Cell Phone

    PERSONAL INFORMATION (depending on country)
    Date of Birth
    Place of Birth
    Visa Status

    Optional Personal Information (depending on country)
    Marital Status
    Spouse's Name

    List in reverse chronological order (most recent experiences first); include position details and dates.
    Work History
    Academic Positions
    Research and Training

    List in reverse chronological order and include dates, majors, and details of degrees for each institution attended. You can also include other educational programs. You can include specifics about your dissertation in this section, if applicable. 
    Post-Doctoral Training 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
    Computer Skills
    Language Skills
    Other Skills

    Include any honors or awards you have received that are relevant to the position you want.

    List any relevant publications, research projects you have worked on, or professional presentations you have given. You might divide these into subsections.
    Conference Presentations
    Research Projects

    If you have done any administrative work, such as serving on a committee or chairing a department, list this. Include your title if you had one.

    Include the titles of any professional organizations that you are a member of. If you held a position within an organization, list your title.

    INTERESTS (depending on country)
    This section is optional. Include any interests that are at least somewhat relevant to your professional interests.

    Sample CV

    Firstname Lastname
    123 East Street
    Boston, MA 02118


    Ph.D., History, XYZ University, Boston MA, Spring 20XX
    Dissertation Title: A History of New York Tenement Architecture

    MA, History, XYZ University, Boston MA, Spring 20XX

    BA, English, YYY College, New York NY, Spring 20XX


    Academic Experience

    • Visiting Assistant Professor, XYZ University, Boston MA, Fall 20XX-present

    Research Fellowships

    • Dissertation Fellow, ABC Historical Society, New York NY, Spring 20XX
    • Summer Fellow, XYZ University, Boston MA, Summer 20XX


    •  XYZ University Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fall 20XX


    • “New York Tenement Architecture in Photographs, 1891-1912,” Midwest Historical Society Annual Conference, May 20XX
    • “Tips for Surviving Graduate School,” XYZ University Conference on Academia, December 20XX


    • “Facades in Photography: Tenement Houses through the Lens of Female Photographers,” Photography Now, forthcoming.
    • Book review of New York in Pictures, published in History Today, 7(1) (Spring 20XX): 52-53.


    • Historical Society of the United States
    • Art History Organization of North America