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Curriculum Vitae Templates

A Model for Writing Curriculum Vitae

When you use our curriculum vitae templates and follow our CV tips, creating curriculum vitae is almost like clockwork!

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If you're looking for point and click CV templates, you've come to the right place. Right now, we're still building our collection, so please stop back and visit often to see what we've added.

On this page, we have downloadable CV templates (MS Word) that you can customize in a matter of minutes, if you've already gathered all the information you need. But let's talk for a minute about curriculum vitae and why you might use one instead of a resume.

Curriculum Vitae versus Resumes

Curriculum vitae templates can help you get started

Both resumes and CVs are designed to market you to a new employer by showcasing your skills and accomplishments. The difference is in the detail and the length. Resumes are more of a summary, while CVs provide a lot more detail, especially about your education, research, teaching experience, and publishing history. So, they are also longer. Curriculum vitae literally means "course of life," and they are designed to tell much more of a complete story about your professional life than a resume does.

CVs are used more commonly than resumes outside the US. But even within the US, the CV is the format of choice for those in the fields of higher education or research in medicine and science above the masters level. Resumes are more appropriate for business and nonprofit job seekers.

Outside the US, a CV may also contain personal data, such as hobbies and interests, that would be considered inappropriate on a resume for a United States' job seeker.

CV Tips

Although CVs are much longer than resumes and are supposed to have more detail, this is not a license to write your life story, with irrelevant or uninteresting information. When using curriculum vitae templates, you must still follow these simple "C" rules:

  • Be Clear. Keep your CV well organized and logical.

  • Be Concise. Include only relevant and necessary information.

  • Be Complete. Do include ALL the relevant information.

  • Be Consistent. Use the same styles and fonts throughout the CV.

  • Be Current. Keep your CV up-to-date, once you have it written, adding new publications and awards as they occur.

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If you use curriculum vitae templates, you won't have any trouble with any of these areas.

You can find a basic curriculum vitae template here, or just Google the keyword "Curriculum vitae templates" and see what you find:

By the Way: If you're looking for another source of free curriculum vitae templates, I highly recommend you check out this online resume builder website, where you'll not only find templates, but also an easy-to-use interface that enables you to create and submit your CV, along with a cover letter. There's a super cool free trial too.

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