List and Categorize
List and categorize all of your relevant accomplishments: academic, scholarly and creative work, community involvement, publications, honors and awards. You can approach this step in a few different ways. You can list your accomplishments first, and then arrange the list into categories. Or, you can start with categories and add items within them.
To list accomplishments first, then arrange the list into categories:
- Write a list of every academic and research accomplishment you can remember.
- Review your resume and add to your list anything on your resume that is related to your academic and research accomplishments.
- Review the list of categories and decide which categories you should include, exclude and which you should emphasize and highlight.
- Group items from your list into categories.
To start with categories and add items within them:
- Identify which categories you want to emphasize for the CV's intended audience.
- Organize your experience and adjust categories as needed. You can use your resume as a guide, but don't simply repeat the information from your resume (your audience will probably already have your resume to read for themselves).
Possible Categories for Your CV
Use these categories as a starting point. These categories can be combined, rearranged and rewritten as you see fit. For example, some CVs combine Teaching Experience and Related Professional Experience into one category. Others, especially recent graduates, focus on Relevant Coursework, Professional Training and Leadership Roles.
- Education: includes B.A. and M.A./M.F.A., PhD., any professional certifications (e.g. teaching licensure); don't include g.p.a., do include brief description of thesis and/or dissertation work
- Publications: journals, online publications, book reviews, any published work related to teaching
- Teaching Experience: classroom teaching, tutoring (volunteer, writing center, etc.), highlight any technology experience with teaching
- Technology Experience and Specialized Skills: teaching in computer classroom, writing for Writing@CSU, online publications, etc.
- Related Professional Experience: internships, any writing/editing jobs, any literacy tutoring, Writing Center tutoring, grading placement exams, etc.
- Professional Training/Development: any workshops attended (e.g. multicultural teaching, women's studies), seminar training
- Relevant Coursework: highlight classes that are most relevant to career objective
- Professional Writing Experience: any other published work not related to teaching or creative activity
- Administration and Leadership: e.g. assistant director to writing center, editor of university-affiliated journal, research assistant, internship work, student organization and committee work
- Community Involvement : include volunteer and paid work
- Editing: editor of writing journals, editing dissertations/theses, paid proofreading work
- Academic or Professional Presentations: any academic presentations (including local as well as national and international forums), conference presentations, guest lecturing, writing center presentations
- Scientific Research, Laboratory Experience: include experience and skills related to career objective
- Consulting: one-on-one work with faculty in writing center
- Professional Service/Organization: memberships in AWP, NCTE, etc. and work on committees
- Honors and Awards
- Travel Experience, Cultural Exposure and Foreign Language Skills
- Professional Licenses or Certification