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CV Evaluation Rubric

Class: _______ Name: ___________________________________________________________ Date: __________ Score: __________


Overall Appearance

Name
Contact Info.

Font
Formatting & Headings

Spacing

Unprofessional (1)
Makes it impossible to
take the candidate
seriously

Questionable (2)
Makes it difficult to
locate information and
raises questions about
the candidate's
professionalism

Difficult to locate and


to read
Erroneous

Easy to locate, but hard


to read
Incomplete, confusing,
or difficult to read

Style and size make the


CV VERY difficult to
read
Inconsistent formatting
& headings distract
from key information

Style is too cramped,


extreme, or small to be
read easily
Inconsistent formatting
& headings interfere
with the eye's ability to
locate key information

Poor spacing and


alignment significantly
impedes reading

General Content

Job Title, Employer, City,


State, & Dates

Strong, clear statements


Organization &
Sequencing
Education &
Qualifications

Professional Skills

Professional
Achievements &
Activities

Spacing is so cramped
and alignment so poor
that the eye is severely
taxed
Content raises serious
Content doesn't
questions about
accurately highlight
candidate's
candidates
professionalism
qualifications, skills, or
abilities
Missing information
Inconsistent formatting
raises serious red flags
and thoughtless
in the reader's mind
placement interfere
with reader's ability to
absorb other info.
Long, wordy statements
Weak, confusing
prevent reader from
statements distract
noting key skills
reader from key skills
Creates frustration for
Causes confusion for
the reader, causing
the reader, impeding
abandonment of the CV attention and absorption
of key info.
It is difficult to determine
Candidate's
what this candidate's
qualifications are
qualifications are
incomplete or
confusing
The content and wording
of the CV make it
difficult to determine
what this candidate's
skills might be
None listed

The skills listed do not


seem very applicable
in an educational
setting
Candidate has
participated in several
activities or
organizations, but to
what extent is difficult
to tell

Adequate (3)
Communicates that the
candidate can produce
professional work with
the help of a template
doesn't set him or her
apart
Easy to locate and to
read
Complete, but its
location or formatting
forces the eye to pause
to absorb it
Style and size are
appropriate
Formatting & headings
are consistent, but the
eye still has to search
for some information
Lack of spacing and
alignment cause the eye
to tire easily

Professional (4)
Distinguishes the
candidate as a true
professional who is
capable of independent
thought
Stands out and is easy
to read
Complete,
professional, and easy
to locate and absorb
Style & size makes CV
easier to read
Consistent formatting
& headings guide the
eye to key information
that can be absorbed at
a glance
Spacing and
alignment facilitates
quick reading

Content demonstrates
candidate's qualifications,
but doesn't set him or her
apart from others

Content distinguishes
candidate as a highly
qualified professional

Formatting and
placement are adequate,
but do not assist the
reader in locating the
information easily
Statements are adequate,
but do not emphasize key
skills
Maintains reader's
attention, but doesn't
direct it to key pieces of
information
Candidate's qualifications
are listed, but wording or
formatting makes them
difficult to absorb quickly

Consistent formatting
and thoughtful
placement improve
reader's absorption of
info.
Strong, clear
statements highlight
key skills
Deliberately leads
reader through the
document and focuses
the reader's attention
Candidate's
qualifications (in terms
of degrees, fields of
study, and
certifications) are
quickly evident
Skills that will be an
asset to the employer
are carefully
highlighted

The candidate's skills are


embedded in other
sections of the CV, but
special attention is not
drawn to them
Candidate has
experienced success in
some personal or
professional endeavors

Candidate appears to
be a well-rounded
person who is very
professionally
involved

Total

CV Rubric Revised 2007 Cherice Montgomery chericem@msu.edu