How to Write an Academic CV

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An academic CV, unlike a professional CV, can be as long as 25 pages to list all academic achievements, publications, conferences and research. Learn to outline an academic curriculum vitae with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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Hello, we're here today to talk about how to write or build an academic CV. Academic CV's are different than what we call corporate resumes, and by the way, CV stands for curriculum vitae. You'll also hear it called vitae, or curriculum vitae, just depending on who you're talking to and where they learned Latin. In any case, that means course of life. They're characterized by being much longer than the average corporate resume, which shouldn't really be longer than two pages. Academic resumes can run up to twenty-five or thirty pages, depending on study, and conferences, and publications, and things. So, let's take a look at what one of these might look like to give you a better idea of what we're proposing. As you might expect, at the very top you would have name and address and contact information, telephone number, cell phone number, and it's important to identify which number is which because people are more likely to call you on a cell phone these days than they would be on a home phone. And then, a summary of qualifications, which is a summary paragraph of, really, who you are as a professional person, as a member of the academy. And education goes at the top just underneath summary of qualification, and you would include the title of your dissertation. In this case, the title, broadly speaking, was "Feminine Rhetoric". And then underneath that would be, still graduate school but under PHD, and in this case whatever your thesis was. And as you move back down through, your various education degrees and then additional academic teaching experience that you might have had. And all the way down to awards and honors that you've received throughout your academic career, conferences that you have attended,spoken at or attended, are very important to include as well in the academy. Disciplinary text that you might have reviewed as part of your position, graduate student advisement and teaching experience that you've had, academic service that you have performed, memberships; whatever you may be a member of, various societies, professional academic societies. And last but not least in an academic resume or a CV, we include references. Of course, here additionally, languages that you may speak and computer skills that you have. But references; in this particular case the person who has this resume has put her references on a server. You can also include these in a hard copy or as an attached part of the CV. So as you can see, an academic CV is generally quite a lot longer than a corporate resume. It includes different elements, but the idea is the same as with all resumes. It is to give the person a brief snapshot of who you are, and hopefully, to get the interview. Thank you.

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