Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Resume
When did you last read through your entire Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume? Often we spend time only looking ahead to what we need to do, achieve or prioritise; sometimes it is helpful, for many reasons, to check where we’ve been as it can inform where we do or don’t want to go.
Take a moment to look at your CV and note:
- What did I do?
- When did I do it?
- What did it lead to/result in?
If your CV or Resume is out of date – correct that as soon as you can by checking out these references and exploring other advice avenues.
38 tips on writing an academic CV
A useful article from Nature about writing a CV suitable for academia.Read article
Creating an effective academic CV
General guidance on creating your academic CV.Read article
Academic CVs: 10 irritating mistakes
Short guide on common pitfalls to avoid that are commonly found in academic CVs.Read article
At each stage in your career you acquire skills and experiences. As your career progresses you can build on these, apply them in new settings and demonstrate your flexibility and expertise. Undoubtedly your resume shows that you have, what are often termed transferable skills – skills that are useful across different roles and occupations.
Take a moment to again review your career to date and identify your transferable skills/experiences.
What are transferable skills?
Use this worksheet to help identify your current skill set.
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Your Career Timeline
If you view your notes from the Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Resume section above as a timeline – what does it show you? No doubt it suggests that you’ve made progress - please take a minute to acknowledge this, to yourself at least, and then consider the following activity.
Draft your Career Timeline to date. Make sure you extend the timeline from today for another 5 years.
- What are the highlights for you?
- What hurdles have you overcome?
- What does this suggest about your strengths?
Career Timeline Worksheet
Download and print out the worksheet to plot your career timeline.