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Lyrhawn
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First off, what's the difference between a resume or a CV?

I'm applying to present a paper at a regional history conference and need to include one or the other, but I've never had to create one before, so I'm a little sketchy on what goes in one. I have family members that could and would help me make one, but it's due tomorrow, and I only just noticed it written in a tiny font at the bottom of the application sheet.

Would someone be willing to just send me their resume or CV to use as a template? I don't think it's complicated to the point where I need any sort of tutorial, I just need to see what it looks like so I can fill my information in.

ETA: Alright, I just looked a few different template CVs on Word and online, and they come in a number of flavors. I'm having trouble deciding what information is relevant for what I'm applying for.

[ February 14, 2010, 03:34 PM: Message edited by: Lyrhawn ]

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rivka
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Doesn't your school have workshops or similar on writing one?
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Fitz
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Didn't he just mention it was due tomorrow? I doubt they have a workshop on this specific Sunday. That being said, it would be a good idea to have a resume on standby, especially when situations like this are likely to arise. Then you can just adapt it for whatever it is you're applying for.

I'd say the information that was relevant for what you're applying for is anything you've done that's related to this particular regional history conference. Particularly your education, achievements in your field of study, jobs you've had that are related to your field, and in general things that highlight you as a conscientious, hard-working, intelligent and all around spectacular individual.

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Stephan
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A cover letter introduces yourself, gives a brief idea as to why your experience should get you what you want, and mentions why you want it.

It is generally 3 paragraphs.

A resume is an outline of your professional life.

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http://jobsearch.about.com/od/cvsamples/a/cvtemplate.htm
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Goody Scrivener
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My understanding is that a CV (curriculum vitae) is roughly equivalent to a resume but focuses on academic and professional (i.e. degreed) achievements, where a resume focuses on job skills and employment history. Since this is to accompany an application for an academic conference, I would think a CV is more appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no experience with writing CVs.
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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Fitz:
Didn't he just mention it was due tomorrow?

Actually, I missed that part.
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ClaudiaTherese
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Lyrhawn, is the AOL account associated with your profile here active? I'd be happy to send a copy of my CV, if it would be helpful as a template.

[it's academically-oriented]

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I've never written a CV (my advisor keeps telling me I need to soon, or I'll start forgetting what I've done), but I've read dozens, if we haven't crossed into the hundreds range (whenever I read an article by a new philosopher nowadays, if it's not in a top ranked journal, then I read their CV--or if I find the article interesting enough that I want to read more by her). The absolutely key components in a philosophy CV, at least, are:
Degrees and MAYBE honors, then
a) Published work
a1) Books
a11) Edited books
a2) Articles
a21) Refereed journal articles
a22) Invited journal articles
a23) Articles written for a book
a3) Book reviews
b) Conferences
b1) Invited presentations
b2) Refereed presentations
c) Teaching experience
d) Other
I do not recommend including any written information explaining your dilligence. Academics really don't care--such traits are exemplified above.

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Lyrhawn
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They have workshops once a year, usually in the fall. At the time I didn't think it was particularly important, and admittedly I feel a little foolish about that now. I would have done this weeks ago but I missed the part of the application that asks for a CV. My professor just emailed me yesterday asking why I hadn't sent it yet, and I sheepishly emailed him back to say I didn't know I had to, and didn't have one.

CT - Yes, thank you. If you don't see this before tomorrow (which given the hour you may not), then don't worry about it, but thank you for the offer. I appreciate it.

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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
They have workshops once a year

Wow, that's all? We're much smaller, and we do it at least that often.
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Lyrhawn
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I'm sure if it had been during the week I could have gotten help from the career services center or from the writing center people. At least, I imagine one of them would have. But actual workshops in big groups that you can attend are only in the fall. I guess that makes sense timing wise, since apps and jobs and internships and what not are all due either in the late fall or early winter. But I wouldn't mind another one in the winter.
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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
I'm sure if it had been during the week I could have gotten help from the career services center or from the writing center people.

While we have fewer such people/groups, that's true too.

I'm suddenly impressed with us. [Wink]

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I'm not sure if I'd use Oakland University as your measuring stick. For all the talk the university does about how much better we are than other schools, I still find myself generally underwhelmed.

The only reason I really like Oakland is I think our history department is fairly top notch. I love the emphasis on paper writing and basic research skills, and the professors are both accessible and anxious to pass on their skills to anyone really willing to engage the material they put forth. Going to Michigan State University or University of Michigan might have gotten me a more prestigious degree, but I question whether or not I'd have actually gotten better preparation in the skills I need to go forward in the field of history academia.

But university-wide? Meh.

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I'm impressed that we do better at this than ANY other school. In the entire US! [Wink]
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Lyrhawn, I went ahead and sent something anyway. A good reminder to me to update!
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Lyrhawn
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Thanks CT. I pushed back my mental deadline until late this morning and still emailed it on time, and I think it looked better after taking a look at yours (which, to my non-medically trained eyes, looked very impressive!).

It also made me realize I need to fatten that thing up before I apply to grad school next fall!

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Darn it, I wish I'd seen this earlier. I just had to revisit mine the other day for some reason or another. Mine is admittedly sparse (the argument could be made that grad school exists to fatten CV's), but perhaps it could have helped. One thing that I've done is look at the CV's faculty members have posted online. This is one that I was looking at the other day for a professor here at FSU. The link to his vita is at the very bottom.

Feel free to email me if you want. I definitely don't have the whole academia thing figured out, but I would love to help out in any way I can. I don't know if I posted this or not, but I got accepted into the Ph.D program here at FSU, so I'm starting to cut my academic teeth I suppose.

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