How to Build a CV

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Building a CV, especially for those with a terminal degree, can be a lengthy task, as many academic CVs can extend past 25 pages long. Include all teaching experience, research, conferences, honors and publications in a curriculum vitae with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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Good afternoon. We're here to talk about how to build a CV and first of all let's talk about exactly what we mean by a CV. A CV is a Curriculum Vitae; some people call it Curriculum Vitae and this is most generally use by members of the academy; people who are in the field of education of some form; another typically PhDs or MFAs and in that case what we call a terminal degree and I did want to show you some of the various elements in the building of one of these CVs with that assumption that it'll be for an academic setting. So of course as you might expect, name and institution where you're currently located and your contact information, including address, city and state, followed by an email are important of course at the top. And then the various sections you would see; the first one would be a summary of qualifications. And then the next section would be education and I will say from personal experience is sometimes building a CV can be; well not much as a dissertation, but certainly quite a lot of work because there are many many elements to this. So education is our next area; if you have university teaching and administration experience which most of you would, would typically have; any courses that you have designed and taught, it's important to include those as you're building your CV. Additional academic teaching experience; where you did that; what you taught. If you have any public school teaching experience, you would put that after academic teaching experience and awards and honors that you've received; where and when, what it was; grants; any sort of recognition by any institution that which you were employed or have some connection with; stipends as well are certainly important to include here. Publications that you have done throughout your academic career; this is an important place to put those. Conferences that you've attended; particularly those conferences at which you have spoken are very important to include here too; so folks have an understanding of, again, within your particular discipline; where you've talked and what you've said. So having at least a titler of your talk is a good idea here too. And if you've reviewed any texts within your particular discipline, you'll include those here too, is another very important element of your CV. And graduate students advisement which most of you have done somehow of course and teaching experience and your academic service. Memberships that you maybe a member of any association or organization and if you have any business or professional work experience outside of the academic world; this will be a good place to put that as well. In this case, this one, this example has some public service fund raising as well. And professional development outside again the academy; languages that you speak in the extent to which you speak them and your dossier or credential reference letters. Some folks nowadays are maintaining those on a server with a link on the resume to that server; similarly with references and/or you can include references here as part of the hard copy of the CV as well. And those are the basic elements of a CV that we see today in the marketplace. These can be a lot longer than a two-page corporate resumes that, that we also see. I've seen these as many as twenty five to thirty pages; again, depending on publications. So those are the basic elements of how to build a CV and thank you for your time.


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