How to Write a One-Page CV

The length of your CV depends on your educational and professional experience.

The length of your CV depends on your educational and professional experience.

If you're seeking entrance to a graduate program, an academic or research-oriented position, or employment in an international organization or in certain professional fields, a curriculum vitae, or CV, will have more impact than a resume, as it serves as a concise yet detailed overview of your scholarly background and professional accomplishments instead of your work history. According to Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, while resumes are generally no longer than one page, CVs have no standard length and can range from one to several pages.

Tighten up areas that are taking up valuable real estate on your page. Like resumes, a CV must include your name and contact information. To save room on your page, remove extra spaces and reduce the font size to economize the page. If possible, combine information like your phone number and e-mail address on one line.

Omit an objective or summary statement. According to the University of Iowa’s Dual Career Network, CVs never use objective statements. Similarly, summaries on resume are only needed when you have a career goal that is different than what your prospective employer would expect.

Include your educational history directly beneath your contact information. This is an integral part of a CV -- and should include the names of the colleges you attended, the degrees you received and the dates you received them.

List your teaching experience, published works, grants, awards, honors and fellowships in reverse chronological order. To keep your CV on one page, include only the most relevant points in your career that relate to the position for which you’re applying. Credentials carry more weight on CVs than performance, according to the University of Iowa’s Dual Career Network.

Write descriptions for each of your professional experiences using informative, yet succinct, language. According to Pepperdine University’s Seaver College Career Center, hiring managers will scan a CV for up to 30 seconds before deciding whether it's worth their time to continue reading, so economize your language.

 

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