Your Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Name of Person, Title
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. :
Introduction: State your reason for writing. Name the specific position or type of work for which you are applying. (Mention how you heard about the opening, if appropriate.)
Body: Explain why you are interested in working for that employer, or in that field of work, and what your qualifications are. Highlight two to three achievements that relate to the position and field. Refer the reader to the enclosed resume, application, and/or portfolio.
Closing: Thank the reader for his or her time and consideration. Indicate your desire for an interview and provide your contact information. If the employer is willing to accept phone calls, state that you will call to discuss the possibility of scheduling an interview.
Enclosure / Attachment
A curriculum vitae, or CV, is basically an extended version of a resume. While a resume is a concise, one-page document summarizing your most relevant experience, a CV usually runs three or more pages and may include separate sections for areas such as teaching experience, research, publications, and presentations.
When to Use a CV
Traditionally, only job candidates with doctoral preparation needed CVs. Today, however, more employers are asking for CVs from applicants with master’s or even bachelor’s degrees. The CV is especially popular in Europe and in science fields.
A CV may be required when applying for
- Graduate or professional school
- Research positions
- Grants or fellowships
- Academic positions, such as school principal, superintendent, or deans of school
- Institutional research positions
- Teaching, research, and upper-level administrative positions in higher education
Only use a CV when specifically requested. If you’re not sure whether to submit a resume or a CV for a particular position, don't hesitate to contact the organization to find out.
Please note these real-life samples are meant to show the variety of possible CV formats. Please consult with a faculty member in your academic department to ensure the format is customized to your field.
Tips on Writing a CV
- Send your CV with a concise cover letter that highlights your most relevant experience and accomplishments.
- Proofread carefully!
- Schedule a critique with an experienced career coach at Boston College’s Career Center.
Adapted, enlarged article inspired by a Colorado College Career Center publication.