TiPPS for Writing and Tailoring Your Curriculum Vitae

The Latin phrase “curriculum vitae” literally means “course of one’s life,” and as such, your curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that provides readers with a look at your professional history. A CV is typically longer than a resume and focuses on you as a professional in a certain field, so it allows you a greater opportunity to elaborate on your experiences.

While you cannot change your past, you certainly can alter how you present it. Wherever possible, your CV should be tailored to highlight those aspects of your professional qualifications that the employer is seeking.

TiPPS Handouts on Curriculum Vitae

TiPPS for Writing and Tailoring Your Curriculum Vitae (revised 2016)

TiPPS Job Template (for keeping records of your various employment experiences) (MS Word file)


Vick, J. M., Furlong, J. S., & Lurie, R. (2016). The academic job search handbook. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. [This excellent book is available online for University of Hawaii at Mānoa faculty, staff, and students.]

Formo, D.M. & Reed, C. (1999). Job search in academe: Strategic rhetorics for faculty job candidates. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, Inc.


The CV Doctor Returns, from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Career Network

An advice column from the authors of “The Academic Job Search Handbook.”

Resumes and Vitas, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Some handy resources for writing both resumes and CVs from Purdue University

How to Write a Successful CV, University of Kent (UK)

An assortment of guidelines and tips on writing successful CVs from the University of Kent.

“Your CV Should Inform. Your Cover Letter Should Persuade.” (Chronicle Vitae)

How Much Should You Reveal on Your CV?, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Advice section

The article discusses whether aspects of one’s philosophy and one’s stance on activism belong in CVs, statements of teaching philosophy, in cover letters, or elsewhere in an application packet.



All of the below sample CVs were found in the public domain on the internet. We recommend looking at them to see how different people in different languages present themselves, how the CVs are formatted, what kinds of fonts and backgrounds are used, and other things that can help you to develop your own CV.

Teachers of English literature:

Rachel Green (Career Development, The Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Teachers of Japanese:

Christopher Bolton
I. Leopold Hanami

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