How to write a science CV is not very different from writing a normal CV. You
just need to keep in mind the person you are writing for and the particular aspects of applying
for a science related position.
Here are the main steps on
how to write a science CV. Take them one by one. They are in their
1: Your full name
Write your full name at the top of the first page. Use a big
font. The font's size should be at least 2 times bigger than the rest of the text. In this way,
it will be easily noticed in a pile of CVs.
This is yet another way to think from the perspective of the other person. It's crucial.
2: Complete address, date of birth, email and phone numbers
Right below your full
name, add your complete address, date of birth and different ways to contact you. You should
add at least 3 ways to be contacted. Adding an email, a mobile phone number and a land line is
perfect. Also, make sure your email is in a simple format. The best emails are in the
firstname.lastname@example.org format. Please don't use for your email something like:
3: The profile section
Write 5 to 7 phrases describing yourself and what you want
to do in the future. They are looking for someone who thinks about the future and is concerned
about their work environment and their career path. They also want someone committed in the
long run for the position they are offering.
Treat this section like a summary. You should include in no particular order: why you want to
follow a career in your chosen field, what kind of person you consider you to be, how you
proved your experience in the past and what social skills you posses.
Add your high school education and any other more advanced degrees.
For each advanced degree, higher than the high school level, you should write the main modules
you studied during each year and the practical skills you gained during it. It's important for
them to prove that you also have practical abilities. It's also advisable to add your marks if
they are good.
5: Work experience
List the jobs you had. They can be summer jobs, specializations
at different companies, voluntary work or any other paid or unpaid job. The most important are
the ones that have to do with the position that you apply for. After each job, write a short
These skills have to be particularly relevant to a science position. You
should also include psychological skills like a willingness to learn, empathy and a commitment
to driving projects to completion. Make sure you include problem solving related skills,
working in a team skills and computer skills. Do not leave any of these out.
Write in this section your hobbies and other activities you enjoy
doing in your spare time.
Mention 2-3 people who can recommend you. Write their full name,
address, their professional position and contact information. You should talk with the referees
before putting their name in a CV.
As you can read above, how to write a science CV is a simple step by step
process. Simply follow the above guideline and you'll be just fine.