CV Today, Job Market Tomorrow
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The Curriculum Vitae (abbreviated Vita or simply CV) is a document that summarizes your relevant research, work, and teaching experience. Use these tips to begin constructing a reader-friendly document that will help you get the job.
Tip: Click on a photo to pause the slideshow.
Keep your reader in mind. When you assemble your CV, ask yourself “Why am I putting this information here?” If you're padding your CV with information your reader doesn’t care about, or trying to impress the reader with information that’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, cut it out!
Get Creative!" by JD Hancock
Be Job-Specific. If you’re applying for a teaching position, then Teaching Experience should come right below the top item: Education. Applying for a research position? Then Research Experience should come second. Use this logic for organizing all the sections of your CV.
Untitled" by weelibrarian
Format consistently! Use the same formatting across the different sections. Put thought into how you format experience, research presentations, and publications, so they all look like they belong on the same CV.
Polluted ground colors" by Tuncay
White space is your friend. Don’t clutter your CV with too much information, and use a pleasant balance of text and white space so your reader’s eye is drawn to the most important information. Try to use indentation for emphasis, rather than boldface text or UPPERCASE.
Guggenheim" by Diueine Monteiro
Tailor your CV to the job. Again, think about what your reader sees. The people who first read your CV typically look at it for only 20–30 seconds. Use words from the job description. The search committee will have the sense you’re qualified for the job and spend more time with your CV in Round Two.
Figurescape one" by My Daily Sublime
Stay current. Set aside some time at least once a year to update your CV with your recent activities and accomplishments. Not only will your CV be ready to go for job and fellowship opportunities, but you're more likely to identify ways you can improve your fit for the jobs you want.
Curriculum Vitae" by the Italian voice