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CV's: Getting Started

Audience and Purpose

You will likely have multiple versions of your CV depending on the position you are applying for.

  • Academic positions at research universities emphasize research experience

  • Academic positions at a community college emphasize teaching experience

  • Business or Industry emphasize quantitative, professional writing, or other transferable skills

Identify your skills

  • Make a list of skills sought in the job description. Look to connect to these as much as possible in your cover letter and CV.

  • Determine the transferable skills you would like to include.

Section Headers

Determine what sections you would like to use. Examples include:

  • Education

  • Dissertation Title

  • Research Experience

  • Teaching Experience

  • Relevant/Professional Experience

  • Publications

  • Presentations

  • Internships/practica

  • Technical Skills

  • Professional Memberships

  • Grants

  • Languages

  • Awards

Describe your Experience

  • Use action verbs or short phrases rather than full sentences.

  • Provide concise, detailed information such as number of students taught, course content, research methods used, technology emphasized, types of pedagogy implemented

  • Order the sections according to what is important for your audience. Begin with an Education section (including a dissertation title.

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