CV Snapshot

Curriculum Vita (CV) is a comprehensive look at an individual’s academic experiences and work history. It helps to provide a potential employer with a well-rounded look into a candidate’s interests, accomplishments, and participation in their field of study.

  1.  Qualifications that match the job – Identify skills, core attributes, experiences, etc. that show your value to the reader – tell the employer what you can do for them.
  2. Action Verb + Skill + Task =Result – Use this formula for writing bulleted phrases that define your work experience.
  3. Formatting – Because CVs can be so long, organization and reading ease are essential.
    • Formatting may vary between industries, check with a faculty member for further guidance
    • Include a footer after the 1st page that includes the candidates last name and the page number
    • Recommended font Size: 10-12 pt.
    • Pay particular attention to spacing
    • Be consistent in the use of hyphens, dates, formatting choices, etc.
    • Recommended font Styles: Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial
    • Avoid using or purchasing templates – they are difficult to edit

4. Error Free

Get your CV reviewed:

Drop-in Model: Stop by Ceres Hall 306 M-F from 9 am – 4 pm for assistance.

Submit CV for Review: Fill out our CAC Document Review Form to get feedback your CVs.

Make an Appointment: Schedule an appointment via Bison Advise.

Email: All services are offered via email. So if you are away from campus, taking classes online, or commuting to NDSU, you may find email interactions to be more useful. Reach out via email at

Phone:  Calls can be made to the Career and Advising Center main line at 701-231-7111.

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