CV Review Preparation: Things to Avoid November 2, 2016Posted by emmiemiller in Uncategorized.
Dot your I’s and cross your T’s! Here’s the last post from our professionalization officer, Thomas Darragh, just in time for you to show off that CV at HSS 2016!
One of the hardest things to do when crafting a CV is to figure out what information you should not include on it. Often, this happens when writing a CV for a program that is in a different country—often such programs have different standards for what you should include on a CV. In this blog, we will be going over what you should not include on a CV crafted for the American marketed. If your CV is for another market, you should spend some time online researching what the standards are for that market.
One of the hardest things to avoid is jargon and abbreviations. Make sure that you avoided language that may be unclear to the reader. For example, write out the full names of programs, conferences, and other items instead of using abbreviations. While you may know what HSS 2016 is, those reviewing your CV may not understand that HSS is the History of Science Society.
You also should avoid providing personal information on your CV. What counts as personal information varies; however, a good rule is not to include anything that it is illegal for potential employers to ask you during an interview. Such information includes your age, marital status, if you have children, your political affiliations, your race, and your religion.
While avoiding personal information on a CV may seem simple, remember that some of the committees, organizations, and other activities you may include on your CV may offer hints towards such information. For example, holding the chair of a LBGTQ (Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer/question) organization will—rightly or wrongly—suggest something about your sexual orientation. In such cases, you need to ask yourself if including this information on a CV is necessary, or if it is information that is best kept off an application.
Finally, while it is expected in some cultures to include a headshot on your CV, avoid adding photos on a CV for the American market.
Words to live by.