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Curriculum Vitae

The academic curriculum vitae, or CV, is a document that encapsulates your academic career. It is a statement of your academic accomplishments in a straightforward format that future employers can scan quickly to determine if you are best candidate for a particular job. A well-written academic curriculum vitae should also highlight your specific background, your individual achievements, group achievements, and even your future aspirations. In summary, it must tell the story of your accomplishments while highlighting your fit for the position you are pursuing.

UMass Career Services has created a guide for writing your CV: Curriculum Vitae Tips


As a graduate student you most likely have a CV that you've been updating through your academic career. Though the CV is a very important tool for securing a job, some employers request/prefer a resume. In this instance you need to give them what they request. See below for the Career Services guide to writing a resume.

High Impact Resumes

Cover Letters

The resume and the cover letter are designed to work in tandem. Career Services has a down-loadable resource for you that outlines the different styles of cover letters and advice on how to write a successful one.

Successful Cover Letters Handout.doc