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Curriculum Vitae Pearls

Purpose of a curriculum vitae

A curriculum vitae is a living document that represents an overview of professional achievements and experiences. A curriculum vitae is typically required when applying for professional positions, residencies, fellowships, honors and awards, or further educational opportunities (i.e. summer internships).

Identify what information belongs on your curriculum vitae

  • Contact Information
  • Education and Training
  • Specialized Training/Professional Licensure/Certification
  • Professional Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Professional Activities
  • Honors and Awards
  • Community Service
  • Special Skills or Expertise

In each of the above sections of your curriculum vitae:

  • List information in reverse chronological order
  • Do Not include information on events which occurred prior to entering pharmacy school except for education (degrees) unless it is unique (e.g. awards or offices held in organizations)
  • Do Not use abbreviations
  • Use past tense
  • Use third person
  • Include the names of your preceptors and supervisors

Formatting Tips for your Curriculum Vitae

  • Ensure your curriculum vitae is easy to read (i.e., information is presented in a logical order and is easy to read).
  • PROOFREAD your curriculum vitae!! To minimize errors, have your curriculum vitae reviewed by at least two other people.
  • Print your curriculum vitae on quality white, ivory, or light grey paper on a laser printer.
  • Use a consistent font (such as Times New Roman) in a font size of 10-14.
  • Avoid the use of graphics.
  • Maintain a one-inch margin at the top and bottom of each page of your curriculum vitae.
  • Use consistent header treatments throughout your CV.

Curriculum Vitae Turnoffs

  • Typographical Errors- Proofread, Proofread, Proofread. Have your CV reviewed by at least two other people.
  • Unusual Font- type is difficult to read
  • Unorganized or inconsistent formatting
  • Information is difficult to locate
  • Long descriptions used to delineate rotational responsibilities or position functions
  • Unusual and/or inconsistent paper colors or styles