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1 CVS/COVER LETTERS ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH

2 WHAT IS A CV? Cumulative record of professional achievements and academic preparation and qualifications in your discipline Includes research and teaching Includes papers, presentations, awards, professional contributions

3 CV BASICS Multi-purpose document: jobs, grants, awards, etc For use in academic settings Perpetually unfinished Flexible with career progress Prepare you own CV, but use samples Different conventions in different fields Length varies according to career progress Importance of accuracy and honesty No need to reinvent the wheel! Samples available! Get a critique, or two or three!

4 IMPORTANCE OF FORMATTING Font size – point Use white space Be consistent with fonts, sizes, grammar, headings Get a CV critique!

5 IMPORTANCE OF FIRST PAGE Precious real estate! Study job ad – what is the search committee looking for? Most important information on first page If research most important, first page to include publications, presentations

6 CONTACT/PERSONAL INFORMATION Name, address, , phone Where do you want to get mail or phone calls? Personal website Do not include: Marital status, DOB, age, religion, height, picture

7 EDUCATION SECTION PhD first, followed by masters (if awarded), bachelors Can state title of project, advisors Can state fields Nationally know awards for undergrad is ok

8 RESEARCH SECTION Summary of project, or papers Research interests: future plans Doctoral research – can have other research section Followed by Peer Reviewed papers, presentations – can have other sections for non-peer reviewed

9 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Name of institution Classes taught Your job – TA or your own class? Include academic teaching only; separate section for other teaching Teaching interests: what you can contribute

10 OTHER SECTIONS Conferences attended Fellowships, Awards, Honors, Scholarships Related teaching Related experience Related research Other professional training Professional activities/service: Sheridan programs, Grad rep GSC, department/university leadership, Professional affiliations Skills

11 IN SUMMARY Make it readable Remember who will be reading it Ask others to read it before you use it PROOFREAD!

12 GETTING A CRITIQUE CareerLAB – make an appointment on the Brown Student Job and Internship Board Grad student walk-ins, Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 pm FACULTY! YOUR DEPARMENT! OTHER COLLEAGUES!

13 ACADEMIC COVER LETTER Accompanies your CV Personal dialogue with Search Committee/employer Opportunity to highlight sections of your CV Distinguish yourself – why a good fit Introduce yourself as a competitive candidate

14 GOAL OF COVER LETTER With the CV, to get you an interview Demonstrate fit for the position

15 GETTING STARTED Read the job ad carefully Demonstrate what you know about institution’s values, teaching, research, faculty, etc. What draws you to the job, the institution How does your work fit in, what do you bring, positioning yourself within the department Use the language of the ad as your guide Respond with your experience

16 WHAT TO INCLUDE Statement of what you are applying for Address to a person, if possible If job focuses on research: Details of current work, plans for the future If job focuses on teaching: Describe current teaching, advising, awards, strengths, approach Might be asked for teaching statement, or research statement as supplement

17 ADDITIONAL TIPS Length – check with department point font Always get input from advisors, department CareerLAB critiques a good place to start, but not the last stop


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