Getting started on your CV? Follow these rules for what to include and exclude in your curriculum vitae.
Getting started on your CV? Follow these rules for what to include and exclude in your curriculum vitae.

What to include in your curriculum vitae

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If you’ve started your job search, or are getting ready to do so, you’ve probably begun preparing your curriculum vitae – or CV. Recruiters receive many CVs from interested candidates, so you want to keep yours concise, with necessary, accurate information and exclude any nonessential details.

Having a detailed – yet – succinct CV is one way to help with your job search. Here are the items you should include and exclude when writing your CV:

 

Do include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Education
  • Licensures and certifications
  • Experience
  • Academic and leadership positions
  • Personal information
  • Training and titles
  • Grants and awards
  • Publications and presentations
  • A cover letter
  • Uniform font and format throughout your CV and cover letter

Don’t include:

  • Information irrelevant to the position for which you are applying
  • Gaps longer than three months if you can fill them with training or practice – or at least be prepared to explain the gaps if there are any in your related experience
  • Career statements or job objectives (instead add them to your cover letter to keep the CV succinct)
  • Photos
  • Salary information
  • Marital status
  • References (they will be requested when needed)
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