What do I include in the top of the CV?
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Top of Vita
- Date of preparation - you want to put the date of preparation on the CV because it tells the reader whether the CV is current or not. Put the date of preparation at the top of the first page.
- Title - while some people like to put the words “Curriculum Vitae” or something similar at the top of the CV, this is not necessary, and some would say its redundant.
- Contact information - if applying for a job, put all possible contact information, such as Name, Office address, fax, phone, email. If not applying for a job, an office address, fax, and phone are unnecessary but helpful.
- In the US avoid personal information such as birthdate, martial status, social security number, home address, etc. In countries outside the US ask colleagues: often it is customary to list your birthdate.
- Unless requested or highly pertinent, usually avoid information such as fluency in another language, computer experience, hobbies, leisure activities, etc.
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