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The APA (7th edition) citation for a curriculum vitae (cv) or resume will depend on the format and whether the document is retrievable.

  • If the document is available online and can be accessed by anyone, then cite it as a web document. 
  • If the document cannot be accessed by others, then cite it as a personal communication and do not include it in your reference list. 

Citing a web document

When all information for a web page or web document is present, the basic format is:

Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of web page or document. Site name. URL

Doe, J. (2016, May 5). Jane Doe Curriculum Vitae. University of Southern California.

Citing personal communication

In APA 7th Edition, any communication that cannot be directly retrieved by a reader is considered “personal communication.” Emails, phone conversations, text messages, and social media messages are all examples of personal communication. You do not include personal communication in your reference list; instead, parenthetically cite the communicator's name, the phrase "personal communication," and the date of the communication in your main text only.

(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2019).

If you reference personal communication in a footnote, as is common practice in certain fields and publications, you can document it in the same way.

1. P. Smith (personal communication, November 3, 2019) also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style.

The above information is from Purdue OWL