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)
BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT CVs
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.
WEBSITES WITH GUIDELINES FOR WRITING CVs
An advice column from the authors of “The Academic Job Search Handbook.”
Some handy resources for writing both resumes and CVs from Purdue University
An assortment of guidelines and tips on writing successful CVs from the University of Kent.
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:
Teachers of Japanese: