Career Services Center

Rockwell Hall
Commons Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412-396-6644
Fax: 412-396-6646

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    Curriculum Vitae (CV) Structure

    Curriculum Vitae is ...
    • A rhetorical document traditionally used within the academic community and designed to persuade. 
    • Earned degrees, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, volunteer experience, sabbatical or fellowship opportunities, grants, consulting and others are featured.
    • Your CV is flexible, adaptable, and capable of reflecting changes in your responsibilities, activities, and accomplishments, and shifting emphases to suit your purpose.
    • A CV is distinguished from a resume not by its length, but by its content.
    • CVs are not confined to a certain page limit.


    • Three essential elements:  Name and address; Education; Relevant experience or skills.
    • Always update your contact information.
    • Include your academic discipline, degree-granting institutions, and dates the degrees were conferred.
    • Sentence fragments are perfectly acceptable, fragments allow you to omit the overused personal pronouns.  Use action words!
    • Clarity and emphasis can be achieved by underlining, boldface, and italics.
    • The experience category is one place where you may name drop.  For example, you may be able to capitalize on the reputation of your mentor. 
    • Caution:  Accuracy about academic degrees and experiences is critical.  Even the slightest discrepancy can be damaging.

         Suggested CV Categories


    Lectures and colloquia


    Education background

    Committee leadership

    Postdoctoral experience

    Professional Studies

    Book reviews

    Professional experience


    Funded projects

    Academic appointments

    Comprehensive areas

    Language skills

    Scholarly presentations

    Master’s project




    Graduate practice




    Special training

    Areas of expertise



    Specialized training

    Career highlights



    Create new categories to reflect your interests, responsibilities, achievements, and strengths.

         Do not include:

    • Photographs, race, religion, ethnicity, age, or birth date. 
    • Physical characteristics (gender, height, weight, and eye color). 
    • Any family information (marital status, name and occupation of spouse, names and ages of children).

    Sample CV