CV Templates

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Writing a CV poses special challenges, in addition to or instead of many of the standard challenges of resume writing. Because a CV is typically submitted only for an academic, research, grant, or similar opportunity, it will have to be written to standards appropriate to them, e.g., American Psychology Association formatting, in many instances, contain detailed documentation about publications, including abstracts, and maintain a serious tone consistent with the objective and sober aspects of the opportunities sought.

Moreover, given the much greater latitude regarding length and supporting documentation, a CV is likely to be more complex and longer than a conventional resume for more typical employment. Hence, and especially for beginners, a CV template (which means a modifiable "blueprint"), supplemented by CV samples to be studied, is an invaluable tool for the creation of an effective CV.

"CV" is an abbreviation for the words "curriculum vitae." Many people confuse a CV with a resume, and it is easy to do so. The main differences between a CV and a resume are the length, the content and the purpose. A CV will be at least two or more pages, and provides a much more detailed listing of a person's background. It should include information about the person's educational background, including undergraduate and graduate information, job history, any teaching and research experience as well as lists of publications, awards, honors, professional affiliations and any other information related to the field of study for which the CV is being prepared.

Typically, the CV is used for individuals who are applying for positions in the international, academic, scientific or research realms, including grant and fellowship applications. There is no set template for a CV, although there are certain givens. An individual's name, address, phone numbers (including a cell phone if possible) and email information should always be located at the top of the page. It should next list whatever category of information will be most relevant to the position for which the CV is being prepared. If teaching is the focus of the job being applied for, then teaching experience and education will be particularly relevant and should be placed close to the top.

Of course, there are CV Templates (a template is type of "plug-in" form) that can be found online be performing a standard internet search, as well as at companies that are willing to design the individual's CV for a fee. However, whether the job hunter designs the CV, or pays someone else to do it, it is essential that the CV be completely accurate and properly reflect the crucial details and conform to CV standards, so the job hunter should carefully review any CV prepared by another individual or a company.
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