Creating a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae, or CV, is similar to a resume. Its purpose is to provide a succinct, formal, yet positive overview of a candidate’s academic, professional, and co-curricular background for an interviewer. In addition to the information provided on a resume, a CV may include additional information in the areas of research, clinical experience, publications, certifications/licensure, and presentations/teaching. Given these additions, CVs are often more expansive and contain more information than resumes, usually two pages in length for graduate students (or more as you advance in your career). A CV is most commonly used in medical, research, scientific, and educational fields.

You should create your CV, even a rough draft, early in the process so that you may provide it for those who are writing recommendation letters for you. Remember, the process of creating and refining a good CV takes time – plan ahead. It is advisable to have several copies on hand during your interviews.

Each individual must create a CV that works best for him or her. Although your CV may not contain information in all the areas, see Appendix B for elements that may be included.

Once you are ready to create your CV, there are several things you should keep in mind.  In general, make sure it is easy to read and well organized.  Follow these layout and CV writing tips:

  • Keep margins at 1 – 1.5 inches.
  • 1-2 pages is the standard length at this point in your career, but don’t reduce the font size, change the margins, or leave important information out just to crowd it to one page.
  • Avoid splitting a section when going on to a second page.
  • 12 point font is preferable, but 11 point is acceptable.
  • Stick with one font, or two similar fonts (one for headings, the other for everything else) – use only conservative, common fonts.
  • Headings should be consistent in style, size, and formatting.
  • Use bold, italics, caps, and bullets to organize your CV – but use sparingly.
  • Check text for misspellings and poor grammar – use proofreaders.
  • Avoid using abbreviations for states, degrees, addresses, etc.
  • Print your CV on a laser printer.
  • Use only high quality, bond paper – white, ivory, and light gray colors are most appropriate.

Here is a sample PNP CV