One of the most common questions I am asked is what a Curriculum Vitae (CV) should include. We offer both a template and a CV Writing Service for those of you who want additional help (we also do CV reviews!) A CV is the academic resume you should be submitting to job applications, whether online or by email. Essentially a CV is very long, very detailed resume that is used for academic purposes. The online education market and job search is more competitive than ever. The more detailed your CV, I have found the greater the chances you will land your first (or fifth) online teaching position.

Here are some sections that your CV should include:

  1. Contact information including LinkedIn and Social Media Professor Pages
  2. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  3. Unique Attributes
  4. Articles
  5. Quotations/Cited-In
  6. Publications
  7. Media Spots
  8. All experience you have in education (if you don't have any, don't worry. More on this later!)
  9. All of your work and professional experience
  10. References (at least three) with full contact information
  11. Details on every course you've taught, including university name, title, dates, topic of the course and the course description
  12. Learning Management System (LMS) experience
  13. Areas of Expertise (both those you have 18 graduate hours in and your professional expertise)
  14. Committee Work
  15. Community Service
  16. Military Service
  17. Consulting Jobs
  18. Entrepreneurial experience
  19. Certifications
  20. Education
  21. Educational Training

With a resume, we are given a specific piece of advice: "be sure it isn't more than a couple of pages." This is simply not true with a CV! I have never had a dean say "your CV is too long." Not once, not ever. When I write a CV for a client, someone with little to no job experience and moderate levels of education usually ends up with a 4 to 5 page CV. An experienced client has a CV often 10 pages or longer. This should be a comprehensive view of your work and life experience.

For ordering sections in your CV, I recommend starting off with contact information, and then moving into your philosophy statement, and then following with attributes and experience. I recommend closing the CV with references. It is not generally acceptable to write our common "available upon request" when you write a CV.

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