“Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Your CV”

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My piece, with tips from the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, among others, appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here’s the lede:

If you are applying for a staff position in academe, you may know a bit about the tug-of-war inherent in trying to collapse your entire career into a single-page, one-sided résumé, without resorting to microscopic fonts and invisible margins.

Faculty members applying for teaching roles tend to have more leeway in their page counts, but even with the extra space, it is very difficult to fashion a curriculum vitae that effectively sells your real-world accomplishments in a matter of words without sounding too abstract or too promotional and self-centered.

Read more about CV pitfalls to avoid here.

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