Writing an academic CV

This short blog post is relevant for you if you are planning to apply for a PhD, post-doc, lecturer or professorship position. It is also relevant if you are applying for a job position in a research organisation. Your CV will create the first impression about you to your potential employer. Thus, it is very important that your CV is up to the mark and stands out among all others. Here are a few advices on what to include and not include in your academic CV.

What is a CV?

A brief description of a person’s education, qualifications and expertise, previous work experience, technical skills and interests, typically sent with a job application. Usually one should attach a cover letter along with your CV while applying for an academic job position. Click here to see tips on writing cover letter.

What to include in an academic CV?

  • Basic information about yourself: name, language skills and personal interests.
  • Detailed contact information: email address, phone number, and present address.
  • Research interests: list four to five keywords representing your current and future research interest and scope.
  • Work experience: list all your academic work experience including current one. You should mention your job title, employer name, research or teaching stream, and duration of your job.

  • Education: list all your academic degrees. Start from the most recent one on the top. Mention you degree title, specialization, name of university, years of study period.

  • Publication (if any): list down all your research publications. Starting from the latest one on the top. Make sure that all your publications are in authentic journals. Click here to see tips on checking journal quality. Follow a referencing style for your publication list e.g. APA or Harvard. Click here to read how to reference properly.
  • Working papers (if any): list all your working papers. Working papers are papers of which you already have a first draft. May be your co-authors are reviewing it or you are considering to present in a conference or submit to a journal in couple of months.
  • Manuscript under review (if any): list all your research papers which are under review in a journal.
  • Manuscripts under preparation (if any): you may have a section on your CV listing all research papers which you are currently working on or will be working shortly. This represents your pipeline of research activity. And your future employer would understand that you are actively conducting research.

  • Conference papers (if any): list all your research papers which you have already presented in a conference.

  • Reviewer: you may list some of the journals and conferences, for which you served as a reviewer in the peer-review process.

  • Awards: list all your awards.

  • Non-academic job experience (if any): you may add your non-academic job experiences in this section. Again, list you job title, employer name, key responsibilities at work and duration of your job.

  • Technical skills and competencies: list all your technical skills such as data analysis skills and software skills.

  • Academic skills and competences: in this section mention your academic skills. Such skills could be knowledge of literature, statistical methods, English writing skills, storytelling or conference presentation skills.

  • You may list you language skills and personal interests at the end of you CV.

Key points

  • Do not write all your personal detail (e.g. date of birth, marital status etc.) in an academic CV
  • List all your publication and conference presentations
  • Present your research and teaching experience
  • Always start with listing recent activities in every section
  • Provide detail contact information

By Dr Ziaul Haque Munim, Founder- ResearchHUB

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