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Curriculum Vitae

A CV, or vita, is a comprehensive biographical statement, preferred in specific industries. It is usually three or more pages in length and emphasizes your qualifications and activities. The term, Curriculum Vitae, in Latin means the course of one’s life. A CV is a living document which should be updated frequently.

Formatting your CV

There isn't a standard format, however, formatting makes your CV look more professional and easier to read. Your CV will change based on the person reviewing it. It's important to keep up-to-date information on hand so you may adapt your CV to fit various needs. 

General Formatting

  • use 10-12 font size 
  • Times New Roman and Arial are standard fonts 
  • use bolding, italics, all CAPS and underlining
  • use lines to separate heading/sections 
  • use bulleted statements with action-oriented verbs 
  • ½-1-inch margins on all 4 sides are standard 
  • balance white space and text 
  • list all information in chronological order within each section 
  • use subheadings wherever necessary to make key information easier to identify 
  • you name should appear on each page of your CV 
  • proof to ensure your CV is error free