Resume and CV Resources

What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, Director, Career and Professional Development at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, shares her tips for writing and optimizing a professional CV.

What is a resume?
Courtney Jones Carne, DPA, MBA, Executive Director of Intercultural Leadership and Engagement and Director of the Intercultural Center, shares her tips and tricks for writing and using a resume.

What are some common mistakes?
Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Involvement, shares the most common mistakes he finds when reviewing resumes and CVs.

How do you format a resume/CV?
Formatting and style of a resume/CV

The goal of a resume or CV is to tell the story of your experiences, education, and qualifications. Resume and CV guidelines may vary from industry to industry, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with specific industry examples.

Resume Formatting Tips

  • Be concise. Use brief statements in the form of bullets or sentences.
  • Keep font size to 10, 11, or 12 point and set margins to no less than 0.5 inch all around.
  • Do not use the word “I” or other first-person pronouns.
  • Use past tense in describing past positions and use present tense for your current position(s).
  • Include measurable achievements (Ex: Improved efficiency by 140% in 2021)
  • Be consistent in your use of punctuation throughout the document. For instance, either use periods at the end of all your bullets or not.
  • Use bold, italics and underlining formatting to break up the text and make the document easy to read.
  • Use bolds, italics, underlines, and capitalization to draw attention.
  • Follow a chronological, functional, or hybrid format.
  • Use a footer with page numbers and your last name, in case pages get separate.

What sections should I include?
Required and optional sections of a resume and CV

Required Sections

Heading: Name, email address, mailing address (only one), and phone number

Education: List academic degrees, with in progress or most recently earned first.

  • Name of institution, city and state, degree type and major, month and year degree was (will be) awarded

Relevant Experience: List positions that show off your skills and expertise. You can group experiences into relevant categories to enhance your resume/CV (e.g. Research, Teaching, and Administration). For each position, include:

  • Title, organization name, city and state, dates position was held.
  • Bullet points that summarize your activities/duties, accomplishments, and successes. Use action verbs.


Optional Sections

Qualifications or Skills: A summary of particular or relevant strengths or skills which you want to highlight. Typically, this is not included as a separate section, but addressed in other sections. Occasionally, it may be appropriate to list special computing or language skills.

Grants Received: Include name of grant, name of granting agency, date received, and title or purpose of research project.

Institutional Service: List institutional committees you have served on, including offices held, student groups you have supervised, or special academic projects you have assisted with.

Certifications: List all relevant certifications and the year received.

Professional Associations: Memberships in national, regional, state, and local professional organizations. Also, list significant appointments to positions or committees in these associations. Student memberships in professional associations are appropriate.

Recent/Current Research: Description of research projects recently conducted or in progress. Include the type of research and a brief description of the purpose.

Community Involvement: Appropriate and relevant volunteer work, church work, community service organizations, etc.

Educational Travel: Names of countries, dates, purpose.

Languages: List the languages you can speak and your levels of proficiency

Publications: Give bibliographic citations for articles, pamphlets, chapters in books, research reports, or any other publications that you have authored or co-authored. Use the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline for a clean look. 

Presentations (Oral and Poster): Give titles of professional presentations, name of conference or event, dates and location, and, if appropriate in your discipline, also include a brief description. Use the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline for a consistent and clean look.

Honors and Awards: Receipt of competitive scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; names of scholastic honors; teaching or research awards.

References: Three to five are appropriate. If you are responding to an advertisement that asks for references, include those requested on a separate addendum sheet.

Downloadable Sample Resumes and Curriculum Vitaes (CVs)

Generic Templates

Generic Resume Template

Generic resume template

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Generic CV Thumbnail

Generic CV Template

Generic curriculum vitae template

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School-Specific Templates and Samples

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Dentistry CV Sample

Sample curriculum vitae for entry-level dentistry positions

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Pharmacy CV Sample

Sample curriculum vitae for entry-level pharmacy positions

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PhD CV Sample

Sample curriculum vitae for entry-level research or academic positions

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Law Resume Sample

Sample resume for entry-level attorney positions

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Medicine CV Sample

Sample curriculum vitae for entry-level positions or residency programs

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Nursing Resume Sample

Sample resume for nursing graduates

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Social Work Resume Sample

Sample resume for entry-level post-MSW social work positions

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