Getting to Know Your CV

First of all, a CV has nothing to do with CVS or other retail pharmacies.  CV stands for curriculum vitae  and it is a written description of your work experience, educational background and skills.  A curriculum vitae is used by someone seeking an academic job in the US, for example in a college or university.  You will need to have a strong CV to secure your academic posting.

Here are the things that must go it (in order of importance)

  • Institutions granting degrees
  • Research and teaching fields
  • Publications (do not mix articles and book reviews; do not mix articles and conference papers)
  • Teaching experience
  • Academic awards, fellowships, or grants (evidence you can bring in $)
  • Recommendations

Additional Items (if available)

  • Evidence of additional talents
  • Evidence of connectedness
  • Conference papers
  • Book reviews
  • Other experience
  • Service

What Not to Include

  • Business experience unless it relates directly to academe or to the job–as a special skill, or administrative experience, whatever.
  • Personal information

Note:  Don’t worry about length.  Length is the point.

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