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CV Examples

Need to write a CV? CV examples can be a major help. Use these top CV examples combined with ResumeHelp’s CV Builder to create an even more effective curriculum vitae.

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6 featured CV examples organized by job title

Academic CVs

These CV samples focus on academic achievements, projects and related recognitions.

Medical and art CVs

These CVs stress professional achievements and recognitions as well as academic excellence.

CV vs. Resume: The important differences

A CV and a resume are both documents that provide an overview of your career and show how you’re qualified for the job being applied for. A CV provides an extensive view of your academic and professional background, while a resume highlights relevant qualifications, good skills for the resume and work experience.

Resume vs CV The difference between a resume and a CV

Resume:

  • Features skills, work history and accomplishments that match requirements in the job posting.
  • Typically one page long (two pages for candidates with more experience).
  • Focuses on the last 10 years of job history.
  • Suitable for jobs in the United States that don’t require extensive academic credentials, at all career levels.

CV:

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of all professional experiences.
  • Includes complete information on academic background and related achievements.
  • Typically can be more than two pages.
  • Used for international positions, fellowships and occupations in academia, medicine, research, government and the military.

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Finding the right CV example can make the process of creating your own quick and easy. Review our vast catalog of CV samples to find the one that fits your future career.

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How to write a CV for job application

  • 1

    Contact information

    Include your phone number and email address below a prominent display of your name, as featured in the contact section of our CV samples.

  • 2

    Summary

    Write a short, to-the-point 3-5 sentence paragraph highlighting your key achievements, academic experience, best skills and work history, following the lead of the CV examples on this page.

  • 3

    Core qualifications

    To show you’re qualified for the position that you’re applying for, highlight your core qualifications that prove your extensive knowledge and expertise in the role.

  • 4

    Education and research experience

    As seen on our sample curriculum vitae, list your most recent academic history first, followed by your previous education and degrees. Include relevant coursework and research accomplishments that match qualifications for the job you’re applying for.

  • 5

    Work history

    Feature professional experience that best relates to your intended job role and industry. As you can see on our CV examples, include your title, the company name, location, employment dates and your accomplishments.

  • 6

    Publications

    List any publications whether your work was featured in an academic journal, magazine, website, or other publishing platform.

  • 7

    Presentations, lectures and exhibitions

    List the presentations, lectures and exhibitions you’ve participated in to show how much you’ve been involved in your industry.

  • 8

    Scholarships, grants and awards

    Mentioning your awards, grants and scholarships is a way of proving you have the skills for the job you want. Include award name, institution and year received.

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It’s important to create and format a CV that will pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) and make a good impression on hiring managers. Just use our CV examples and CV Builder, along with the tips below.

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STEP 1

Choose a CV template

We’ve got over a dozen different designs you can pick from. Then create a new CV from scratch or upload an existing CV into the template.

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STEP 2

Build your CV using our suggestions

The builder will automatically guide you through creating your summary, work history, skills and education sections.

  • Use our “add sections” button to create additional sections as needed, such as publications or certifications.
  • You can “preview” your CV at any time and edit or move sections around, as needed.
  • Adjust margins, font size, font style, colors and spacing with just a few clicks.
STEP 3

Publish, review and download

Use our spell check tools to eliminate grammatical errors and typos. When ready, save your finished CV in MS Word, text or PDF formats. If you don’t want to download your CV just yet, you can always save your work and return to it later.

A CV template and example
for every job

The CV examples on this page are just a few of the many you’ll find on our site, covering every major job title. Use these CV samples to create the perfect CV for any job application.

If you’re looking to improve your CVs “design,” check out our CV templates. These layouts will ensure a standout CV that gets you your dream job, even if you’re a recent graduate.

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8 Key tips for using our CV examples

1

Get organized

Reading through our CV examples is your chance to review your work history and professional achievements, comparing them to what hiring managers are looking for. Take the time to figure out your goals, what you want the next step of your career to look like and how that fits with what a potential employer is looking for.

2

Focus on work and education highlights

A CV features both your work and educational history, so make sure to feature relevant qualifications for both. Don’t just restrict these details to your work history and education sections either. Your summary and core skills sections will benefit if you can display important professional and academic achievements.

Break down your most important projects and accomplishments, and find ways to sum up what you’ve accomplished. Do some self-analysis and group together your best hard and soft skills to find the industry that’s right for you.

3

Keywords are key

Look through the job advertisement to pick out keywords that define what the specific job needs and incorporate them in your own CV. For example, if the job description lists technical skills such as “project management,” you should list any skills you have with project management tools or feature a work achievement that demonstrates your abilities. For more on how to get the most out of keywords in your CV or resume, check out our keyword tips.

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Get "extra" with your CV

A CV also has room to feature sections for educational qualifications such as awards and significant research highlights, not to mention publications and presentations. Take advantage of sections like these to present a comprehensive picture of your abilities.

5

Show off your skills outside the workplace

Your CV is the perfect place to show how connected you are to your industry and skills development outside and inside the workplace. Your personal projects and volunteer work can provide needed insights, and show off significant technical skills and soft skills in ways a standard resume doesn’t.

6

Emphasize results, not just responsibilities

Impressive details always read better than just plain information. Instead of listing everyday tasks, focus on major professional achievements. If you’re a professor, don’t just say you taught a class; explain how you’ve made a difference. For example: “Developed and taught a new Asian studies curriculum to 200 students each semester.”

7

Nail the presentation

Because CVs are longer chronicles of your career history you need to pay close attention to how you order your sections. Structure your document with this “top-down” approach:

Feature your professional summary and goals at the top, followed by a Summary of Qualifications and core skills, then list your work experience, academic projects and research in reverse-chronological order by significance on the following pages. For more tips on your CV format and how to lay out your CV, visit our CV formats page.

8

Utilize your clients and network

To just write a CV isn’t the whole story — you should also show you’re involved and committed to your field and desired job. It’s important to have a bank of references to choose from. Your affiliations, conferences, professorships and academic assistance can foster credibility and industry expertise. For more on how to create the right network to elevate your career, see our networking tips.

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Why our CV examples work for you

When you need to create a great CV, start with ResumeHelp’s CV examples. These samples have been created to help job candidates land dream jobs.

Professional design

Your CV should not only impress the prospective employer with your best qualifications, but also present them in a polished layout. Our example of a good CV will provide you with an easy-to-read format, so you’ll know exactly how to write and organize your own curriculum vitae.

Expert job- specific content

When we say our samples are “employer-ready,” we’re serious. Our experts have assembled content on a wide range of job titles and industries, and our examples are packed with qualifications and work history that exemplify a top-notch candidate for the position. Whether you’re looking for construction CV examples that demonstrate the important hard skills needed for the position, or nurse CV templates that put the spotlight on abilities key for caring for patients, we’ve got you covered.

Guidance on what to include (and not to include) in your own CV

When it comes to CVs, hiring managers and the applicant tracking system (ATS) they use will be looking for specific qualifications in the form of keywords matching job requirements. Any example of a good CV on our site will cue you into the important skills and qualifications you should include in your CV, which also happens to be the keywords that will help you pass ATS. Our samples can also be customized to best fit what’s needed for the specific job.

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Check out our CV Builder to find resume samples, tips and other relevant information to create your own resume or CV. We’ll make sure you have the right words and job-specific qualifications that hiring managers want.

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FAQ: CV examples

Have questions? We’re here to help.

CV stands for curriculum vitae, which is Latin for “course of life.” It’s an in-depth document that goes over all your work history, prominently including your teaching experience, fellowships, memberships, research experience, affiliations, educational background and other academic achievements. This can also include mentoring and conference work. It is a document that’s usually created if you’re applying for an academic job in the United States or Canada.

In many other countries, including most of Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa, a “CV” is more similar to an American resume and is requested for every position in a job application. It is commonly a two-page document that goes over your experience and skills, and depending on the region could require more supplementary information.

For example, CVs in other countries may require more detail. A UK CV includes the date and place of birth, gender, marital status, ID number, driving license information and even your health information. A credible references section may also be requested so that your potential employer can check on how you performed in previous positions.

This differentiation means that some hiring managers in the United States, especially ones that are used to working for international companies, may ask you for a “CV” when they mean a resume. If you’re ever unsure if a company is asking for a CV or a resume, ask for clarification.

A CV example is a completed CV that gives you a guide for what to include in your own CV. CV examples for specific positions provide insight on the types of skills and experiences hiring managers are looking for, as well as a “frame” you can follow when filling out a CV with your own content, using a CV Builder. The best CV examples are those written by career professionals who understand the specifics of the occupation the examples are being created for.

How to write a C is similar to how to write a good resume:

  • Look for keywords in the job description that spell out important skills and requirements for the job and make sure you cover those areas in your CV.
  • Be detailed about your academic accomplishments. CVs are meant to be packed with information about your academic background, so don’t just list your degree. Include your academic projects, awards and specific fields of study.
  • Create separate sections for other activities and skills. Internships, volunteer work and extracurricular activities can all add weight to your CV.
  • Tailor your CV to the job. Create a different CV for every job you apply for, emphasizing skills and experiences that match the job opportunity.
  • Keep your CV to two-to-three pages. A CV can be longer than a resume, but you also don’t want to overwhelm the reader. Use concise phrases and bullet points for describing skills and job experiences and focus on information about your qualifications and background that relates to the job you’re applying for.

When creating a CV, your format, or how your CV is organized, is key. A chronological CV focuses on your work history, while a skills-based CV (also known as a functional CV) emphasizes your skills and training.

The chronological CV works best when you can showcase extensive experience, while a skills-based CV is better for jobs where having the right skills is paramount or if you’re a job seeker who lacks professional experience. For more on CV formats, as well as tips on how to get the most out of your CV layout, visit our CV formats page.

Whether you’re applying to be a business analyst, professor or another job role, your CV should provide a comprehensive overview of your academic and employment history, using these five key sections:

  • A summary that provides an introduction to your background, your top skills and experiences.
  • A skills section that highlights qualifications and abilities that fit the job you’re applying for.
  • A work experience section where you detail your top achievements at your current and previous jobs.
  • An education section where you list your academic credentials, including specifics on projects, honors and specialized fields you’ve studied in.
  • An awards, certifications and memberships section where you can list professional and academic affiliations, recognitions you’ve received for your work and certifications you have for crucial skills.

You’ll see that our CV examples are organized using these sections. This format also helps you pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) that employers often use to scan curriculum vitae.

The objective section of your CV, sometimes called your personal statement, profile or professional summary, is a two-to-three-sentence paragraph that showcases the skills you have that can help the company that you are applying to, while also explaining why this particular position would be a good fit for your career path. Check out ResumeHelp’s guide for great resume objective examples and advice on how to craft your own.

While a CV is a summary of your professional history and skills, a cover letter is an introductory communication to a potential employer, giving more details about your background and making a case for why you’re the right person for the job. We have plenty of cover letter examples for different jobs, and you can use our Cover Letter Builder to create a professional letter. A cover letter is a helpful part of your job search and may be the key to landing a job interview.

The purpose of a resume is to showcase your most relevant strengths and get you a new job, while the purpose of a CV is to provide a comprehensive overview of your academic and employment history. While both documents can help you show an employer that you’re qualified for a role, the CV is designed to give hiring managers the whole picture of your career trajectory rather than just the information that pertains most directly to the job application. Regardless of the key differences between a CV and a resume, each is required to submit a job application depending on what the employer requests.

You can use ResumeHelp’s CV examples to help with your specific CV needs by:

  • Picking out a CV sample that best fits your industry and job role.
  • Crafting key sections like your contact information, work history and education to fit your specific needs and background. Double check the job requirements so you can properly address the skills the employer is seeking.
  • Use our intuitive formatting to include additional sections and adjust your design, font, color and margin size as needed.

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