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Survival Skills for Graduate Students. Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vita!. Dr. Deborah Lee Professor/Coordinator Mississippi State University Libraries. Survival Skills. Survival Skills for Graduate Students: Workshops. Research Dissertation Basics Developing a Literature Review

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Survival Skills for Graduate Students

Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vita!

Dr. Deborah Lee


Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Survival Skills for Graduate Students: Workshops

  • Research Dissertation Basics

  • Developing a Literature Review

  • Landing on the Tenure Track: Job Hunting in Academia

  • Grant$ for Grad$

  • Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vita

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Session Overview

  • Purpose of Curriculum Vita

  • Content Do’s and Don’ts

  • Available Resources

  • Formatting Considerations

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Curriculum Vita vs. Resume

  • CV: used for academic positions, with an emphasis on teaching and/or research.

    • Seldom restricted in terms of length.

  • Resume: used for most other types of positions.

    • Often restricted to one or two pages.

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Purpose of a Curriculum Vita (CV)

  • Employment (academia)

  • Grants

  • Awards

  • Professional Roles

    • Editorial Positions

  • Uniform Document of Professional Achievement

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Purpose of a CV

  • For the applicant:

    • First introduction

    • Creates interest in the applicant

  • For the search committee or employer:

    • Screening tool

    • Initial assessment

    • Potential source of interview questions

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Application Packet

  • Often Includes (follow instructions!):

    • Cover Letter

    • Curriculum Vita

    • Research Statement/Agenda

    • Teaching Philosophy/Portfolio

    • Writing Samples

    • Copy of Dissertation Signature Page

    • Letters of Recommendations

Mississippi State University Libraries

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Survival Skills

Preparation Considerations

  • This is NOT the place to be cute!

  • Professional, Neat and Conservative

    • White paper, conventional styling and Times New Roman Font

  • Update often; consider a web version

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Survival Skills

Components of a CV

  • Varies, depending on the applicant and the position

  • Value of multiple CVs

  • Core Information and Selected Material

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Survival Skills

Contact Information

  • Name, address, phone number and email address

  • Home vs. Work contact information

  • URL

  • Current!!!

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Survival Skills


  • Usually the first section after contact info

  • List in REVERSE chronological order

    • Phd (include title and dissertation advisor)

    • MA and/or BA/BS

  • Institution, degree, year, major and/or area(s) of specialization

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Survival Skills

Relevant/Professional Experience

  • List full or part-time, in reverse chronological order

  • Title of position, place, date of employment, and perhaps a brief description of duties

  • Teaching assistantships, internships, practicums, and field experiences

  • Omit irrelevant employment or move to another section

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Survival Skills

Teaching and Research Interests

  • List separately

  • Teaching: areas of experience or interest

  • Research: projected areas of future research (broadly defined)

  • Be prepared in an interview to discuss each section!

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Survival Skills


  • Included completed or accepted publications

  • Provide full citations: author(s), title, journal (or press), page numbers

  • Usually does not include in-progress publications

  • Consider categorizing publications:

    • Journal articles

    • books,

    • Presentations, book reviews

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Survival Skills


  • Use only if relevant: academic or professional awards or recognition

  • List details: name of award, awarding agency or department, and date.

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Survival Skills

Service or Professional Activities

  • Professional memberships (included here or as a separate section)

  • Department or university committee work

  • Work on national committees

  • Service as a discussant at a conference

  • Community service (maybe….)

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Survival Skills

Other Sections

  • Military Service

  • Immigration Status

  • Skills

  • Languages

  • References

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Survival Skills

What NOT to include:

  • Personal information: health, physical appearance, age, marital status, children

  • Social Security Number

  • Salary Requirements

  • Courses

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Survival Skills

Formatting the CV

  • Shape the CV to match the TYPE of position

    • Research vs. Teaching Institutions

  • Length: adequate but not “stuffed”!

  • Accuracy is paramount

    • Proof read everything

  • Be conservative in formatting:

    • White paper

    • Good bond paper

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