One of the most common questions I am asked is what a Curriculum Vitae (CV) should include. We offer both a template and a CV Writing Service for those of you who want additional help (we also do CV reviews!) A CV is the academic resume you should be submitting to job applications, whether online or by email. Essentially a CV is very long, very detailed resume that is used for academic purposes. The online education market and job search is more competitive than ever. The more detailed your CV, I have found the greater the chances you will land your first (or fifth) online teaching position.
Here are some sections that your CV should include:
- Contact information including LinkedIn and Social Media Professor Pages
- Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Unique Attributes
- Media Spots
- All experience you have in education (if you don't have any, don't worry. More on this later!)
- All of your work and professional experience
- References (at least three) with full contact information
- Details on every course you've taught, including university name, title, dates, topic of the course and the course description
- Learning Management System (LMS) experience
- Areas of Expertise (both those you have 18 graduate hours in and your professional expertise)
- Committee Work
- Community Service
- Military Service
- Consulting Jobs
- Entrepreneurial experience
- Educational Training
With a resume, we are given a specific piece of advice: "be sure it isn't more than a couple of pages." This is simply not true with a CV! I have never had a dean say "your CV is too long." Not once, not ever. When I write a CV for a client, someone with little to no job experience and moderate levels of education usually ends up with a 4 to 5 page CV. An experienced client has a CV often 10 pages or longer. This should be a comprehensive view of your work and life experience.
For ordering sections in your CV, I recommend starting off with contact information, and then moving into your philosophy statement, and then following with attributes and experience. I recommend closing the CV with references. It is not generally acceptable to write our common "available upon request" when you write a CV.
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