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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

Survival Skills for Graduate Students

Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vita!

Dr. Deborah Lee

Professor/Coordinator

Mississippi State University Libraries

survival skills for graduate students workshops

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

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session overview

Survival Skills

Session Overview
  • Purpose of Curriculum Vita
  • Content Do’s and Don’ts
  • Available Resources
  • Formatting Considerations

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curriculum vita vs resume

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.

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purpose of a curriculum vita cv

Survival Skills

Purpose of a Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Employment (academia)
  • Grants
  • Awards
  • Professional Roles
    • Editorial Positions
  • Uniform Document of Professional Achievement

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purpose of a cv

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

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application packet

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

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preparation considerations

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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components of a cv

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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contact information

Survival Skills

Contact Information
  • Name, address, phone number and email address
  • Home vs. Work contact information
  • URL
  • Current!!!

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education

Survival Skills

Education
  • 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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relevant professional experience

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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teaching and research interests

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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publications

Survival Skills

Publications
  • 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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honors awards

Survival Skills

Honors/Awards
  • 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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service or professional activities

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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other sections

Survival Skills

Other Sections
  • Military Service
  • Immigration Status
  • Skills
  • Languages
  • References

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what not to include

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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formatting the cv

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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Questions?

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