How to Write a Geologist CV

Geologists research how Earth's materials and properties change with time.
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Geology is a physical science that involves study and analysis of the Earth's surface, mineral properties and organisms. Since geology is a research-oriented profession, geologists need a comprehensive curriculum vitae, or CV, which is similar to a resume, but lengthier and more detailed. A good curriculum vitae includes in-depth information on not only your education and work experience, but also your biographical information, field expeditions, published works, awards and honors. To write a compelling CV, you must assess your skills, competencies, interests and awards relevant to your geological career.

    Step 1

    Head your CV with your name in bold type in the top center. Indicate your permanent home address in the top left corner and your university's address in the right corner under your name. Then, list your short-range and long-range geological career goals.

    Step 2

    List your education credentials under your career objective. Educational credentials include degrees and anticipated degrees. Indicate the type of degree, such as a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D., and the year completed or anticipated. Also, list your cumulative grade point average, or GPA. Then, list relevant course work, such as geological principles, earth science, paleontology or mineralogy.

    Step 3

    Indicate a list of professional experiences. Professional geological experience includes research and teaching, as well as geologist positions. Cite dates of employment, position title and the company name, followed by a brief description of your job responsibilities and accomplishments.

    Step 4

    List awards and honors earned throughout your academic and professional career. Awards and honors include those relevant to geology, academics or other extracurricular or professional interests. List published works, such as books, theses, articles or journals that are relevant to your geological career.

    Step 5

    Complete your curriculum vitae by listing any additional experience that demonstrates geological interest or enhances your profile. Additional experience includes relevant travel, geological expeditions, academic or personal projects, professional interviews, experiments and competitions.


    • As curriculum vitae are designed to appeal to academic audiences, as opposed to typical hiring managers, include as much relevant academic and experiential detail as possible. Length is not an issue with curriculum vitae.


    • You can include a list of individuals you have asked for letters of recommendation. A list of references is optional, but preferred. Indicate names and titles only. If you don't include a references list, put "References Available Upon Request" at the bottom of your geologist curriculum vitae.

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