Evaluating your CV
Is It Informative?
- Is the information in the CV presented in a logical order?
- Are all of the basic subheadings present - education, teaching experience, research experience, presentations/publications (service)?
- Is "work in progress" included - current degree program, current teaching and research responsibilities, draft publications?
- Does the CV contain only essential, relevant information for an academic position?
- Is the information presented as concisely as possible?
- Is the information elaborated on in sufficient detail?
- If you were leading an interview based on this CV, what two questions might you ask?
- What additional information might you like to have?
Is It Persuasive?
- Does the CV emphasize the applicant's strengths?
- Does the CV emphasize what is unique about this person's experience?
- Does the CV demonstrate a central interest or ability? (Leadership, teaching experience, dedication, creativity, etc.)
Is It Attractive?
- Does the CV look neat? (Appropriate spacing, clear headings)
- Is the CV easy to read? Are your eyes drawn to important information?
- Are the sections of the CV presented in a parallel format and style? (Active verbs; consistent use with typeface choices; parallelism within sections)
- Are there any distracting grammatical, typographical, or spelling errors?
The Career Center assists students and alumni through all phases of career development to bridge the transition between the academic environment and the world of work.