How to create a CV that is compelling, well-organised and easy to read

It is important to keep in mind that academic CVs are not just for job-searching. You will regularly need to update your CV and to adapt it for various purposes such as awards, fellowships, publishing, grant applications and public speaking. So it is usually a good idea to refresh and perhaps overhaul your CV every six months or so.

The blog site for Elsevier Journal publishing has posted a guide on what to consider when reviewing and updating your CV, to create one that is compelling, well-organised and easy to read. We give you a summary of what is involved.

The general advice for refreshing your CV is to consider three areas:-
1. Length
2. Structure
3. Formatting.

The post goes on to consider the following points when editing your CV to make it a compelling read, giving you an example of what you should list in each section:-

publications
research
– honours and recognitions
– funding
– teaching
– administrative experience
– professional experience
– professional affiliations and memberships
attendance at conferences and seminars.

In the closing section of the post there is a list of references to click through to, one of which is a link to a presentation by Dr Wendy Perry. The link no longer works. However, you can access a PDF handout which includes the key points referenced in the Elsevier blog article.

Click here to read the full blog post on the Elsevier blog.

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