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Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
UNC Diversifying Clinical Psychology Weekend April 2016
Andrea Hussong, Ph.D. Lillian Reuman, M.A. Elizabeth Reese, B.S., B.A.
Slides adapted from Jennifer Yi & Michelle Gonzalez

What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
•  A fairly detailed overview that communicates, in brief, your major accomplishments & experiences most relevant to the realm of academia
•  What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?

Meaning Goal
Length Use

“Course of life” (Latin)
Demonstrate academic achievements & scholarly
Longer, more variable
Academic positions, fellowships, grants

Resume “Summary” (French)
Represent skills & experience to succeed in
position of interest
Shorter, usually 1-2 pages
Non-academic positions

Pre-Graduate School CV
•  Why?
–  To apply for research positions
•  E.g., research assistants (RAs), research coordinators, fellowships, project assistants, project coordinators, internships
•  How are you evaluated for these positions?
–  “Good student” qualities –  “Reliable worker” qualities –  Career & educational aspirations &

Graduate School Applications CV
•  What criteria are used in graduate school admissions?
–  Background to prepare you for graduate work
–  Intellectual curiosity –  Dedication to the career path
•  E.g., research, clinical work, teaching
–  Organizational skills –  Fit! Fit! And more fit to the
program & proposed advisor!

Graduate School Applications CV
•  What can a good CV show?
–  You are prepared for the academics of graduate school
–  You have out-of-class experiences that prepared you for the intellectual pursuits of graduate school
–  You are driven & dedicated to this educational & career trajectory… and that you have already begun!

Elements of a Graduate School Application Package
•  Cover letter/email •  Personal statement •  Letters of recommendation •  Transcripts (GPA) •  GREs
–  General –  Subject (varies program-to-
•  CV

Preparing Your CV

There is no 1 set format, but typical sections include the following:

•  Contact information •  Educational background
–  Start with college
•  Honors & awards
–  Only include high school honors & awards, if major
•  Professional memberships

•  Research experience
–  E.g., paid or unpaid, independent studies, honors thesis, assistantships, internships
•  Clinically-relevant experiences
–  E.g., paid or unpaid, volunteering

–  Education & career related only

•  Other relevant workrelated experiences

•  Presentations &

•  References


–  Approved by references

Common Strategies
•  Gapping
–  Use of incomplete sentences to present information as clearly & concisely as possible
–  Examples
Research Assistant (09/2013-09/2014). Assisted with data collection. Completed data entry using SPSS. Attended weekly lab meetings.
Hospital Volunteer (05/2013-08/2013). Act as point of contact for families of patients. Transport patients to medical examinations & procedures. Supervise junior hospital volunteers.

Common Strategies
•  Parallelism
–  Maintain structure & tense of phrases and/or sentences consistent throughout CV
–  E.g., use verbs to describe duties/responsibilities throughout CV
–  Poor example
Research Coordinator (09/2015-Present). Independently ran participant visits through eye-tracking study protocol. Transcription and coding of patient interviews. Conducted literature reviews.
–  Better example
Research Coordinator (09/2015-Present). Independently run participant visits through eye-tracking study protocol. Transcribe and code patient interviews. Conduct literature reviews.

Additional Tips

•  Name your mentors & supervisors
•  Get permission for references
•  List novel skill sets
•  Have multiple readers review your CV
•  Use formatting to make it easier to read & follow
–  Spacing, bolding, underlining, italicizing
•  Use positive & energetic language
–  E.g., “coordinated,” “managed,” “conducted,” “supervised”

•  Overly segment
–  E.g., separate paid & nonpaid research experiences
•  Overly pad without purpose
•  Include current or expected salary information
•  Include reasons for leaving positions
•  Use of excessive acronyms or abbreviations
Curriculum VitaePositionsFellowshipsProgramParticipant Visits