Resumes, CVs, Oh My!

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Do you have a resume and curriculum vitae (CV)? I’ve always believed that practitioners should have both. While working on my doctorate I remember completing an assignment that required that I create a CV that was at least 10 pages long. As a fairly new professor, this was incredibly intimidating, but I ended up being so grateful for that opportunity because it provided me with a great foundation. Furthermore, it helped me identify gaps in my experience which led to me being more intentional about seeking out new experiences.

While everyone has different opinions about the type of information that should be included on both of these documents, I have some specific advice I typically provide to help others create documents that stand out. Please note that these are my opinions, so if you don’t agree or have another perspective, please share!

  1. Format:
    1. In my opinion formatting is the most important part of developing either of these documents. Formatting including consistent headings and spacing. We all know people read with their eyes, but readers make judgments based on formatting before they every read a word.
  2. Grammar & Spelling:
    1. Everyone knows you should quadruple check your grammar and spelling before submitting any document, but most people don’t. I feel as though every time I review my own documents I find something new, so always have someone check, even if you’ve used the same documents for years.
  3. Length:
    1. Resumes should be no longer than 2 pages, although 1 page is preferred. CVs should be long enough to adequately demonstrate your relevant experience.
  4. Objectives:
    1. Objectives should never be included. It is more important to use that space for your experience.
  5. Headers:
    1. Headers should always be included on resumes and CVs. They should include you full name, city/state, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn address (if applicable). Home addresses should never be used. All pages should also include page numbers and your last name.
  6. Lifecycle:
    1. I advise people to always have a master resume and CV. These master copies should include everything you’ve ever done professionally. With each position that you apply for, you should create documents that are unique to that position and save them. I also advise people to develop new layouts every 2-3 years to ensure that your information stays fresh and your documents do not become too outdated.
  7. Submission:
    1. When possible submit your resume and CV separately, but if this is not an option, merge them into one document and insert a blank page. This will allow committee to review all of your information.

Below you will find my recommendations for layouts. I’m not opposed to using templates or more traditional structures, but I have found that the layouts mentioned below provide me with the best way to share my experience in a clear and concise format.

  1. Layout:
    1. My resume includes the following sections (in order):
      1. Education
        1. Education includes full name of degree, institution, city of institution, and graduation year. This never includes term like “anticipated”, “expected”, etc. You should know when you are graduating, so just include the year, even if that is in the future.
      2. Professional Experience
        1. This section includes title, work dates (month and year only), institution, relevant experience, and institutional involvement. Depending on the position, I sometimes include who the position reports to, annual budget, and minority student population percentage under the title.
      3. Publications (selected)
        1. This section should for formatted using APA and may include publications that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
      4. Presentations (selected)
        1. This section includes the hosting organizations’ name, year, and title of the presentation.
      5. Employment (summary)
        1. This section include a list of employment that includes title, work dates (month and year only), institution, and city.
    2. My CV includes the following sections (in order):
      1. Education
        1. See above.
      2. Employment (summary)
        1. See above.
      3. Teaching Experience
        1. This section includes course name, year, institution, and city.
      4. Professional Experience
        1. See above. I also include a list of achievements.
      5. Publications
        1. See above.
      6. Awards
        1. This section includes the awarding organizations’ name, year, and name of the award.
      7. Professional Service & Affiliation
        1. This section includes a listing of university service by institution, professional affiliations/memberships, professional affiliation involvement, and personal affiliations. An example of a personal affiliation would include being a member of a Greek-letter organization.
      8. Presentations
        1. See above.
      9. Facilitations
        1. This section includes any type of facilitations you’ve done beyond the scope of your job. Include the name of the organization, the event, and year.

Check out my example resume and CV for details. The resume in this example was developing using a diversity/inclusivity position found on HigherEdJobs.com.

ASR Example Resume and CV

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