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Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Task 3

This guide is designed to help UWF faculty members raise their scholarly profile.

Update Your CV

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!

Why does this task matter?

Refreshing your CV allows you to:

  • Act quickly on job positions, as well as grant & professional development opportunities.
  • Take stock of your career trajectory and identify gaps in your research, teaching, and professional experiences.
  • Re-write your CV for the positions you want or consider having multiple CVs to suit different purposes.
  • Keep an up-to-date online profile (for example, on LinkedIn or our institutional repository) so that potential collaborators may find you.
  • Highlight your most important achievements and record your most recent activities that you may forget later.

Steps to complete the task

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

  • Include your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. You may choose to include your LinkedIn profile or a website that you keep updated. 
    • Note: You don't need to include the words "Curriculum Vitae" or a heading that says "Personal Information." Your name should be as large as-- or larger than-- the other headings on the page.
  • List your academic degrees, with most recently earned first, including institution name, city, state, date awarded, and dissertation/thesis title and advisor, if applicable.

2. Decide on a Structure: Identify Headings and Heading Order

  • Browse CVs in your field to get an idea of typical CV structure in your discipline. Note the types and order of the headings.  Education typically comes first, followed by research and teaching experience. 

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 

  • Use reverse chronological order whenever possible.
  • Consider placing the date ranges to the right of the main information (e.g. position descriptions) rather than to the left.
  • Consider using verb statements to keep your descriptions succinct.

4. Proofread for Consistency and Errors

  • Keep headings consistent in capitalization, bold or plain font, and punctuation.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Give your CV to a peer and ask them what jumps out at them; be sure your CV is able to be scanned quickly for important points.