The expression of who you are is more than words on paper. You do, however, have to present your credentials this way. To get the job of your dreams or the spot in your desired graduate school, you have to have a curriculum vitae that speaks volumes about you. As an undergraduate, your experience might not seem like much, but you can use details and writing techniques that can make your CV stand out.
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Place your name and contact information at the top left of the CV in bold, and in an easy to decipher font size and style. You should include your street address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Indicate your major field of study and the degree you received at the higher education institute, college or university where you took your undergraduate classes.
Include your class ranking--provided it is notable--and your final grade point average.
List the classes you took as they relate to your major with a mini-synoposis of the curriculum covered. Describe any special field work, seminars, and exchange programs you participated in as an undergraduate.
Add a special skills or awards section to cover all the distinctions you received while you were in college and any distinguished work-study, fellowships or internships.
Garner attention with your CV by concluding with your memberships in any clubs, fraternities, charities, or community service organisations. This is an area where you can show you are civic-minded.
Tips and warnings
- Include references, especially if they are well-known in their field, to add weight to your CV.
- Never embellish or falsify information on your transcripts.
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