Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae, which is Latin for “course of life,” is better known as the shortened “CV.” It’s a written overview of your life’s work. A CV should aim to be a complete record of your career, and could be extensive. It’s different from a resume, but you should also know how to form a resume.

What’s the difference between a CV and resume?

Curriculum vitae

  • No maximum length
  • Used to search for jobs, scholarships, awards, residencies, etc.
  • Careers in academics, health care and other professions (i.e. law)


  • Limited in length (usually 1 page)
  • Primarily used for job searches
  • Careers outside of education and academia

Anatomy of a CV

Applicant Completing Application Form
  • Personal Information
  • Career Objective
  • Educational Background
  • Postgraduate Training
  • Publications Presentations
  • Professional Practice Experience
  • Service Activities Awards and Honors
  • Military References
  • Other Work Experience
  • Licensure & Certification
  • Research Experience
  • Teaching Experience

Describing job duties

Your first draft might mention “patient counseling” as a job duty. We recommend you rewrite the statement using a verb:

“Counseled patients”

Include the who, what, how and results of your experience:

Who: Pediatric patients

What: Newly diagnosed with diabetes

How: On discharge

Result: Follow up

Put it all together and you should end up with something like this:

“Counseled pediatric patients newly diagnosed with diabetes and their families on discharge medications. Followed up with patients a week later to check progress and clarify instructions.”

Curriculum Vitae Videos

Hosted by Dr. Anthony Casapao

Career Development – Curriculum Vitae Video

Career Development CV Video


Career Development – CV Review Guidance Video

Dr. Casapao CV Review

Some CVs dos and don’ts

DOS Don’ts
• Use consistent format throughout • Exaggerate your responsibilities or accomplishments
• List positions in reverse chronological order • Use jargon, unfamiliar abbreviations or slang
• Use present tense for current work • Include pictures
• Describe job duties using phrases with action verbs • List personal information
• Proofread for grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation errors • Submit without updating
• Update regularly • List references

Examples of CVs

Example 1 – Ryan David Freeman

Example 2 – Ellen Lee Woodruff

Example 3 – Samantha Christine Lewis

Example 4 – Glenn Michael Richards

Example 5 – Joe B. Gator

Additional CV resources

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Stacy Miller, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCACP, an assistant dean and clinical assistant professor shares her tips for interviewing success in this video. Her slides are available to download CV writing slides.