How to Write a CV

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A CV, known as a curriculum vitae, is used mainly in the academic community to outline a complete and thorough list of education and professional experience and training. Include any and all publications, teaching experience, degrees, post-graduate work and research in a CV with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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Hello we're here to talk today about how to write a CV. And a couple of assumptions are first of all is that if you are the person who needs a CV, these are what we usually find in the academic community or the academy here at least in the United States, people who teach at academic institutions and those sorts of things as opposed to a corporate resume. So these I say writing one can be not the same as writing a dissertation, but fairly close to it in that there are a lot of different elements. So what I would like to do is show you at least today at a high level some of the elements that are in a CD, CV, excuse me of today and hopefully these would help you as you work on writing your CV. So as you might expect at the top we usually put a header curriculum vitae or course of life as you all know from Latin and name, address, the institution that you are currently associated with or were last associated with. And then a summary of qualifications. And essentially what this paragraph is designed to do is to give the reader a fairly rapid sense of just who you are with respect to your field of study, your particular discipline and expertise and knowledge and where your interests are. Again it is not an entire exposition of everything that you've done but when you consider that a resume reader has a lot to read and some CV's can go to 30 pages or so you do really want to give somebody call it a reason to read further in your resume. This would also include your major strengths, research interests and again your specific experience but again in a general way. Underneath that would be your education, obviously typically starting with Ph.D. at the top, the title of your dissertation and then other graduate degrees and then undergraduate degrees and the years in which you got those degrees. We would also want to see university teaching and administration particular posts that you have held either as a teacher or an administrator in an institution of higher learning and the duties and responsibilities associated with that position and what you did in that position. Were you able to attract more students, whatever sorts of, within those responsibilities, key the accomplishments or what we call them that might have occurred in your time there. The next section that we would want to see is courses that you might have designed and taught and some of you, of course, have done quite a few of those and those typically can relate to your field of research interest as well. And then additional academic teaching experience that you have had at your most recent or current educational institution or previous educational institutions should be included as well and some of you have had some public school teaching experience as well so we would want to see that just to give the person a complete idea. We are looking for a continuous time line from your undergraduate degree all the way through, so you do want to make sure there are no gaps there or at least have some explanation for those gaps. Awards and honors are very important to include as well of course, any grants or stipends that you've received as part of your research and part of your teaching activities, anything that has happened to you as a result of that you certainly want to put on your resume. They are very important, any awards, they don't have to be a dollar award or a stipend, they can just be a paper award as well or a listing in a national publication or a local publication and as we all know publications are a very very important part of the academic life so you would want to put all of your publications in which you were the sole author or co-author and peer review journals and academic journals or magazines, whatever the source include the article, the reference of course, conferences that you've attended and if you've spoken at the conference and obviously most of you have attended more conferences at so you don't need to include every one but certainly include those conferences at which you have spoken and disciplinary texts that you have reviewed obviously within your discipline on behalf of other writers, any graduate student advisement or teaching experience of course is very important and academic service that you've done, memberships, I'll go fairly quickly through these last few here because they are fairly standard, I know most of you have seen these before. Some of you may have some business and professional work experience either as consultants or prior to entering your academic career you would want to put that here, public service fund raising if you've done that and any professional development that you have taken, languages that you speak and then your credentials and your credentials can either be on the resume as a part of it or you can also link to a server these days too which is increasingly popular because a lot of resumes actually are read by a machine these days at both the academic and the corporate levels so having your dossier, references and credentials on a server is another very good way to make sure that it gets there more effectively than sometimes a hand delivered copy and that are the basic essentials of how to write a CV in today's world and I think you for your attention.


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