How to prepare a eye-catching CV for academic posts

One of the first requirement for any application is CV/resume. The contents of the CV for academic career or study program are generally the same. Apparently, if you are applying for a MSc or BSc study program, you are not supposed to have peer-review articles or lecturing experiences. However, for PhD, Postdoc and Professorship application, the latter are very required.

Here we list some of the typical points that should be considered for a academic CV. Moreover, we provide free CV preparation service where you can fill the form and get personalized feedback on your own CV.

Beside the personal information that should be placed on very first few lines of your CV, the academic background should appear in the second paragraph wherein you clearly write the degree, name and place of university (city, country), graduation year, your GPA and your rank in your class. The latter help the person assessing your CV to have an idea how good is your GPA in your place of study. Note that the latest degree should appear first. You should only include your records of education in high school if you apply for a BSc or MSc program.

Your distinction, achievements and awards can be the next paragraph (section) of your CV in which you list the any particular achievements that you gained in your previous course of studies and research activities. It can be for example, “best student award“, “best poster in conference XX” or “First rank in XX national/international competition“.  Please note that the awards value might not be known to everybody, so it is necessary to provide a line about the award/distinction (e.g. number of participants, award selection committee, reputation of the award organization etc.).

List of peer-review publication should be the next section of your CV. Start by listing your first author publication follow by your contributing author publication (e.g. when you are second, third and etc. author of the article). Make sure to include the name, volume, year of publication and page number of the article that is intended. If the journal is not internationally known, it is practical to include the impact factor of that journal in parentheses. For example: “M.X. Johny, K.N. Julli, Z.j. Kumar, “how to apply abroad”, Journal of application abroad (Impact factor: 1.7) 2015, 2, 45-47.“.

Your skills should appear in the next paragraph of the CV wherein you list the top skills and competences that you have. It is recommended that you name those expertise that match the best with the intended position. For instance, if you are applying for a “Phd position in nanofabrication of 2D materials“, it is practical to write your experience in using of electron microscopy in nanostructure characterization instead of your HTML competences. Nevertheless, you should also write important software (computer) skills that you have.

If you have any teaching/mentoring/supervision experience, you should also list them. But please provide the necessary details of the course that you were in charge. Your role (lecturer/assonant lecturer/Tutor etc.) , name of the course, year, level of the course (High School/BSc/ MSc/ PhD), University where the course is given (city, country).

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At the very bottom of your CV, you can list the name of your previous supervisor, advisor who knows you for a long time and can (and wish) to provide comments on your qualification. Make sure that the person you are writing his/her name and address (email) as reference agree to write letter of recommendation on your application otherwise exclude his/her name from the list. Never list the name of a student, lab assistant or technician as a reference list but instead at least a PhD holder should be your potential reference person.

Including your personal photo in the CV is very optional and depends on the country that you send application to. In German speaking countries for example, photo in CV is very common.

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