Updating Your CV

When you first start your academic job, have your administrative assistant format your curriculum vitae (CV) according to your university’s promotions committee requirements. Then you should update your CV routinely. Whenever you teach, as soon as a paper or presentation is accepted, or if you receive an award, put this new information on your CV. A current CV is imperative since, in your academic life, you will be sharing it routinely with your department, your institution, grant funding agencies, and professional organizations, among others. Since it is so important, updating your CV is one key administrative ask that you should manage yourself rather than delegate. However, you should feel comfortable letting an administrative assistant condense your CV into a shorter biosketch. Ultimately, you will need a perfect version of your CV for your promotion package. This critical document is much easier to generate gradually over time rather than trying to get caught up after several years.

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