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Ph.D. Career Resources: Writing CVs and Resumes

There are innumerable books about CVs, resumes and cover letters: these are some helpful resources available on-line.  The best advice you can get, however, is from people in the field to which you're applying.


The Basics of Science C.V.'s (The Chronicle of Higher Education)  Richard Reis gives specific advice for writing a science CV.

Cover Letter Writing (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)  Gives advice about letters of inquiry and cover letters and includes samples of each.

CV to Resume: Representing Yourself Outside Academe (CAPS, University of Chicago)  Gives an overview of changing CVs to resumes, samples, and resume word lists.

From C.V. to Resume (The Chronicle of Higher Education)  Margaret Newhouse explains how to transform a CV into a resume and includes an example.

The C.V. Doctors (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
“CV Doctors” Mary Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick offer advice for five CVs in social sciences, education, humanities, fine arts, and the sciences (, rework the CVs of two faculty members and an administrator at various stages in their careers (, and rework three academic CVs into resumes for administrative and nonacademic positions (

Job Search Tools & Basics (Columbia University)  Offers information about and examples of CVs, resumes, transforming one into the other, cover letters, and more.

Get Your Resume Right (My Job Search)  Offers industry- and field-specific templates, tips, posting sites, and more.

Professional Writing Handouts and Resources (Purdue University)  Offers samples and models of resumes, cover letters (including academic cover letters), a list of sample skills used in a cross section of careers (useful for writing a first-time resume and/or translating a CV into a resume), and more.  

Resumes, Cover Letters, and CVs (Claremont Graduate University Writing Center)  Offers advice for writing resumes, CVs, cover letters for each, and annotated samples for each category.

Writing Resumes and cover letters (Job Options)   Discusses traditional and electronic resumes, offers sample resumes and cover letters, and provides additional resources.  

Writing a Vita for a Higher Education Job Search (University of Virginia)  Gives basic guidelines and samples for writing a vita and contrasts this with a resume.

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