Importance of a professional CV in the graduate admissions process

At Moshiri Immigration Services, we have had many successful graduate admission cases in both master and PhD levels. Having a professional CV is one of the critical factors in the outcoming success of graduate university applications, and that’s why we will be discussing components of a strong CV in this blog.

What is a CV?

What is a CV?

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not a resume. A resume is a more personal marketing document in which a candidate will demonstrate their skills, notable achievements, work experience and a brief summary of themselves to higher their chances of being considered for a position. However, a CV is submitted for jobs in academia, scientific research and medical fields, which focuses more on one’s education (in a great detail), research experience, personal affiliations, memberships and related information.
A CV is relatively lengthier than a resume, usually two or three pages for entry-level candidates since it has to be more detailed. For example,suppose you are applying for a postdoctoral position. In that case, you must include your academic background, degrees, awards, scholarships, memberships, publications, presentations, conferences, journals, research interests and other achievements.

What to include in your CV?

As mentioned before, your CV is one of the first things that a potential employer/professor will review. Therefore, it is very important to be written as professionally as possible!
Note that your CV should be modified according to the position you are applying for. From a general point of view, you should first start with your name, contact details and address.

Next, start thinking about your academic background, achievements, work experience and publications. You should be able to organize this information into different categories. For example:

Start with your Education

Begin with your most recent degree and write the title in the header. Make sure to write the name of your university in cv, your major, field of study and GPA. You should also write your dissertation title, so the potential reader knows what your focus was during your studies. Do not forget to write the start and end date of your study, everything is about these important dates after all!

you should mention your research interestsyou should mention your research interests

Keep this part brief but bold. Modify this part according to the position you are applying for by changing the orders of your research interests. The easiest and most effective way to write your interests is in bullet points. Pick the areas that are most related to the ones of the supervisor you are trying to attract and of course related to your research!

Work experience

List your work experiences in a chronicle order starting from your most recent position. If you have worked in many fields, mention the more relevant ones to your university application. Write your title/position in the header and give a brief description of your responsibilities and projects you have worked on. Do not forget to write the dates!


This is a very important section in your CV, especially if you are applying for a PhD or postdoctoral position! You can demonstrate your expertise by showing what you have published or are currently working on. Depending on the style of your CV, the format of writing your publications will change. Pay attention to what format you are using.


This is where you will point out to any certificates, awards or achievements that you have accomplished. It is suggested to keep them in bullet points and avoid irrelevant information as much as you can.

 cv References cv References

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of having proper references. You can ask your supervisors and previous professors that you have worked with to become your referee. Make sure that they know you well enough to answer more personalized, professional and detailed questions that one may have. Keep in mind that you should provide their professional contact information; for example, if the referee is your professor, you should write their university email address, not their personal email address.


we encourage you to be very accurate on your CV! Try to modify your CV according to the position you are applying for to enhance your chances of getting an interview. Always have someone else review your CV before submitting it with your application, they might catch some errors and mistakes on your CV that you were unable to see.

We wish you all success in your educational journey and don’t forget to contact us if you need assistance with your university application or applying for a Canadian study permit.


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