Vita Formats

While you should feel some freedom to choose headings and prioritize categories, there are certain categories that are essential (see below). The key to a good vita is a good organization. Sometimes you have doubt: was this activity “leadership” or “volunteer”? Was this job preprofessional? Where does a publication in a field other than history belong? You must be prepared to make some choices and always keep the same criteria and headings. Otherwise things can quickly become confusing.

  • Personal information
  • Education
  • Honors and Awards
  • Papers presented, publications
  • Pre-professional work / Internship
  • Extra-curricular / Leadership Activities/Athletics
  • Membership (includes all clubs, Panhellenic groups, Choir, etc.)
  • Work Experience(outside the academe)
  • Community service / Volunteer work
  • Foreign Languages (including computer programs) -- levels: fair, good, excellent, near-native; categories: oral /written
  • Foreign Travel Experience
  • Interests / Hobbies
  • References



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