If you haven't updated your CV within the year, then it is time to do it! Often, we only update our CVs when applying for jobs or going up for an award or promotion. The downside of this approach is that we often forget noteworthy accomplishments over time. Summer is the perfect time to update your CV as it likely coincides with your annual self-evaluation where your most important activities for the year have been documented.
Follow the steps below to keep your CV up-to-date and ready to go!
Refreshing your CV allows you to:
If you like, you may choose to complete one of these steps each day instead of tackling them all at once. Be thoughtful and thorough but don't over-think the tasks or they may go undone.
1. Update Your Personal Contact & Education Information
2. Decide on a Structure: Identify Headings and Heading Order
Headings often include: Education, Research Interests, Professional Employment, Teaching Experience, Research Experience, Publications, Presentations, Honors & Awards, References (if applying for a job). They may also include: Qualifications/Skills, Grants & Fellowships, Institutional Service, Certifications, Professional Associations, Current Research, and Community Involvement.
3. Update the Information Under Each Heading
4. Proofread for Consistency and Errors