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Top 10 Curriculum Vitae (CV) Writing Tips

Tips to Write a Successful Curriculum Vitae


Writing a CV can be more complicated than writing a resume, because the format changes depending on what type of position you are applying for, where you are located, and what you need to include in your CV. Here's advice on using a curriculum vitae template, writing covering letters for curriculum vitae, formatting your CV, what to include in a CV, and more CV writing tips and examples.

What to Include in Your Curriculum Vitae

When writing a curriculum vitae it's important to include all the right information so the hiring manager can see, at first glance, why you are a strong candidate for the job.

Start Your CV From a Template

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Microsoft curriculum vitae (CV) templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users, or available within your Word program, to use to create a curriculum vitae. CV template options include basic resumes, job-specific and career-specific resumes.

Create a Custom CV

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It definitely takes more time to write a custom CV, but, it's worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a good match for your skills and experience.

Include a Covering Letter With Your CV

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A covering letter should be included with every curriculum vitae you send. Your covering letter provides detailed information on why are you are qualified for the job and explains the reasons for your interest in the company.

Writing a CV for Academia

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When writing a CV for academia it should include research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards and other information relevant to the position you are applying for.

Writing a European CV

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European curriculum vitae are similar to US CVs, with the with the exception of the personal information that's included on a CV for European applicants. Here's what you should, and shouldn't, include on your CV.

Choose Between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae

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What's the difference between a resume and a CV? When should you use a resume and when should you use a curriculum vitae? Here are the differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume and when to use each.

Review Curriculum Vitae Samples

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Review curriculum vitae samples, formats and templates including academic and international CVs, including CVs for a variety of countries.

When to Use a Curriculum Vitae

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In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

Curriculum Vitae Cover Letters

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When you apply for a job with a curriculum vitae, it's important to include a cover letter, also known as a covering letter in some countries, with your CV.

More CV Tips

Need more help with your CV? Review these tips so you can include the appropriate information in your curriculum vitae (CV) and format your curriculum vitae correctly. Remember, the first impression is the one that matters, so, your CV needs to be perfect!

Read More: Curriculum Vitae Tips: A - Z | CV Writing Guidelines | Curriculum Vitae Samples

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