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  1. *Note: I am asking this question specifically for those interested in academia, whether current or future professionals in the field. Question: how do you designate your language competence on your CV? Do you list your CEFR levels? Number of credit hours? Also, how do you highlight your competence in a certain language without devaluing your language work in other areas? For example, I know people who take one course in Syriac and list "Syriac (reading)" on their CV. But what if you have real professional working proficiency in another language (e.g., you can read professional articles or sight read period texts pretty well)? I know this question contains a mix of elements, but I'm interested in what the rest of you think. It's such a struggle for me to fight for transparency and authenticity while still wanting to market myself well (I'm sure some understand the feeling). P.S. (I'm a graduate student [M.Div] interested in doing a PhD in Religion/Philosophy/Theology in early modern period (18th-19th century Europe).
  2. Hey all! I am applying for master's in Computational Science and Engineering at TU Munich. The guidelines for the CV dictate that there must be no chronological gaps in it even if one hasn't been in an educational program or gainful employment during the period. In such a case, say I am working on my "work experience" section in the CV and there is a one year gap during which I was taking a break. Then, it doesn't fit in the work experience section, right? Do I then place this under a separate section even though the timeline in the work experience section is now broken? And if so, what do I call this separate section? Anybody been in a similar boat? Please let me know. Appreciate your help a lot, thanks in advance!
  3. I'm applying for a summer research program in bioengineering (BE) to see if I want a PhD in BE. For the program, one lab asks for a CV. I do not have any prior research experience in BE, however I have been attending weekly talks to learn topics in BE. The summer research program will provide us fundamentals of BE research so no prior research experience is needed. I will get my master's in cell biology and entrepreneurship in 2021. What does a BE lab look for in our CV?
  4. Hello all, I have two questions for you today. Some background: I am a senior studying Art & Business applying for PhDs and Master's programs in Art History. I am also a visual artist and I have a not-too-shabby exhibition history. My exhibition history is on my CV because up until now, I've been using the document to apply for calls for art. Should I keep it on the version of my CV I'll be submitting to grad schools? I reference my art-making briefly in connection to my coursework in my SOPs. I'm just not sure if it will work for or against me on my CV. Does anyone have any related experience with this? Also, I'm not finding specifications about whether my writing sample should be single or double-spaced. What's the standard practice for this? TIA!
  5. Hi folks! I thought it might be helpful to create a place where those of us who are looking for a new position could critique/swap our CVs, resumes, and cover letters as well as discuss other topics related to applying to jobs. (I realize there is a "Jobs" subforum, but I felt like a thread with a psych-specific focus would be beneficial). I'll start! I recently discovered the perfect research position (would be my first paid), so I want to do everything I can to put my best foot forward. Some questions I had: Research fit is absolutely spot on, but my personal research experience so far is not relevant to this particular focus. Should I be concerned? The application is hosted on a portal that only seems to require a resume. However, I know the name of the PI - would it be appropriate to email them in addition to indicate my particular interest and attach a cover letter? Would that likely be seen as welcome initiative, or desperate and not following direction? I would love a critique of my resume! I'm happy to swap with anyone as well. Let's make this a productive year! 👍
  6. I'm an American applying to management programs in France with no background in business (they accept all academic backgrounds). My cv is unfortunately very unimpressive so I'm looking to make the best of what I have. Any tips? The programs are in English so no need for it to be in French.
  7. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  8. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  9. Hello all! I am applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs and I have a question about experiment descriptions for my research and subject experience. I was a research subject first, then I was a research assistant for the same study. I have separated my CV into research experience and volunteer experience. I explained the experiment in each section. Is it redundant to explain the same experiment twice, in two different sections if the description is the same? Or is it better to name the experiment in the first description and just list the name when I refer to it later in my CV, removing the repeated description? I don't want to waste their time, but I don't want to seem as though I wasn't thorough. Thank you!
  10. Hi everyone, I'm applying for an MPhil program at Cambridge, and am looking for guidance re: CV format. I'm all set on my resume for U.S. programs, but am not sure what the norm is for applying postgrad in the UK. Specifically, should I keep it to one-page like a traditional resume? Or can it be extended, as is preferred by most U.S. grad programs? Are there any things to include (e.g., relevant coursework) or not include (e.g., extracurricular leadership) as opposed to a U.S. resume. Thanks so much!
  11. Hi all! I have a question about including something on my CV. So, I have a section in my CV about presentations where I put poster presentations I have done. I also am thinking about including the fact that I gave a speech at my departmental graduation when I graduated a few months ago. I am not sure if this is important or not, but I think it can maybe make me standout compared to other applicants. The speech was about my time as an undergraduate, in particular detailing my love for the department and my fellow graduating classmates. (The department I graduated from was small, so I got fairly close with a lot of my classmates.) FYI, I wasn't the only senior who gave a speech. My senior class voted me and another person to give speeches. Also, if I should include this, how should I write it in my CV? Thanks for your help!
  12. I'm editing my CV for sociology PhD applications and am unsure of two things. Perhaps there is no right answer, but I'd love to hear any advice. 1. Should I create a separate "Research Experience" section or is it alright if I simply put all positions (excluding irrelevant positions like part-time kitchen jobs, of course) under a "Work Experience" section? 2. I have been credited on publications before (e.g. "Research Assistant Esenabla assisted with this piece" written at the end of a report) but I have yet to author my own work. Would I create a "Publications" section for the works from which I have been credited? Or would it be best to simply put this under an "Experience" section? Thanks in advance!
  13. I have worked for 10 years after graduation and am applying for PhD within the field I'm currently working in. I haven't been involved in academic research at work, only several research-heavy projects. I wrote to potential supervisors, and they assured that I meet the application requirements of their programs given my degrees and previous experience. To gain some research experience, I volunteered in a research lab in a local university a couple of months ago. I was asked to help research the literacy and compose part of the funding application. There will be opportunities to collect and analyze data once the new term begins, but that might be in a couple of months in the future. I also hope to provide my writing sample based on the literacy review part I am currently writing. THE QUESTION: I don't know what to write in my Curriculum Vitae about this short research experience. Does what I did considered contribution in research? How do I describe my "products", my achievements or, my contribution? The project I am helping with is at a very early stage. Look forward to hearing from someone who have experience in academic research. Thank you!
  14. Maybe a little off-topic from this forum, but who knows, maybe this is a common dilemma. I need to send my CV to a professor who's considering me for an RA-ship at the school that I've already been admitted to for my PhD that I'm starting this fall. What's the best way to put "incoming PhD" on my CV? I don't have anything close to an estimated completion date or anything, but presumably I would put the fact that I am actually attending the school on my CV, right? I already have my MA, but if I don't put anything about starting the PhD on my CV there won't be any indication that I'm in the field that I'm going into (the PhD is a pretty big jump from my MA area). Thanks!
  15. Hi, I'm in my second semester as a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature. I know some people might think that it's too early for me to start worrying about what to do to get hired, others might be thinking that it's never too early, others might be saying "you're a comparative lit. major, there are no jobs" lol, but please just stick with me a moment. I'm looking for advice on how I can become a more competitive applicant when applying for assistant professor jobs (and similar jobs) after I finish my Ph.D. I'm technically first-generation college student (my parents dropped out of college, and my much older sister went to college later through a continuing studies program and received a masters online. However, she doesn't work in academia) so I'm pretty lost here about how all of this works and what's attractive to universities. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to stand out. I've been told that I should go to conferences, so I applied to two and got accepted. Are conferences helpful or do you feel like it doesn't make much of a difference? Should I try publishing more? Researching (you know, outside of my future dissertation work)? If so, how do I start approaching professors or institutions, in general, to start doing that? After graduation, should I apply to a post-doc program? If so, do you know of any stand out ones that I should aim for or even what people look for when hiring post-docs or do you just feel like post-docs are unnecessary? My fellowship requires me to teach one semester gratis. Should I attempt at teaching more? Older students in my department have suggested getting a masters in another department (i.e. English, French, Anthropology, Theatre, etc.) to further diversify myself and make more valuable connections, but I'm not sure if tagging on another year or two to finish another degree for the sake of networking is that beneficial especially when comparative literature programs require you to take courses outside of your department anyway. Should I start building more experiences outside of academia (In undergrad, I was an EIC of a publication for a year, I've also worked in publishing, tutoring, mentoring, and led a social justice/community service non-profit organization for a year, and I minored and worked in social media for a bit-- should I keep doing more things like that in grad school or is it time to refocus and just build on one or two things?) If I sound really young, lost, and a little overwhelmed, it's because I am. I graduated from a private university with a degree in English (writing) in three years and was accepted straight-way into this Ph.D. program when I was 20 going on 21 years old. My program requires 48-course credits, after this semester (I entered in Fall 2017 right now I'm in Spring 2018 semester) I would have 24 credits so I'm approaching that halfway mark with my coursework (I probably need to slow down a bit, but I can't hold a job on this fellowship minus departmental related research/internships relevant to my career so I don't have anything really going on at the moment). I'm required to take a minimum 9 credits Fall/Spring each and a minimum 6 credits in the summer so I'll be at 30 credits when the Fall 2018 semester commences. I'm not at a prestigious ivy league school; I'm in a very small program at a pretty large public university. I don't feel like me being young with a good fellowship is enough to really stand out. So if anyone knows about ways I can further build my CV and experiences to become a better applicant for future jobs, that info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  16. Hi everyone. New here. Applying to eight graduate programs in the Humanities. I am due to give a paper at an international conference this March. Since it will be my first, it could really improve my CV and accordingly, chances of admission. I am just not sure whether it is customary to put down a paper you've yet to deliver on your CV, and if so - how to phrase it exactly. Any thoughts on this? Thanks!
  17. I know it's common for those in the hard sciences to list research experience on their CVs, but does this apply for those in religious studies? I'm working on my CV now for PhD apps this fall and I'm wondering whether such a section is necessary. For example, would I list the different major papers I've written with a brief summary in a section on my CV? Or is that best left for the SOP?
  18. How do you recommend describing language ability on a cv/for a grad school application? For example, I just started taking German and plan to continue taking while I apply in the fall and until I (hopefully) begin grad school. How do I indicate that I am a beginner but plan on improving the skill prior to entering grad school? I speak French (conversationally) and can read it. I don't want to exaggerate my language abilities but I also don't want to undersell them. I also took 3 years of Latin in high school (most of which I've forgotten) but I feel like I would be able to learn it again pretty quickly because of my previous experience--worth mentioning? (I am interested in studying Roman art so it's relevant) Also, any insight on how much background in languages (how many languages, how fluent) schools like to see from applicants or advice on studying languages during a gap year?
  19. All of a sudden I'm second guessing everything including the CV. So far I've got my degrees, gpas, conferences, work experience, miscellaneous stuff. I'm wondering if you're supposed to put down all the relevant courses you've taken as well??
  20. Hello!!! Currently applying to psych PhD programs. I am in the process of perfecting (if you will) my CV for upload to application portals. My question is whether or not to include future positions on the CV. Last week, I was hired on as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, though I will not start teaching until the spring semester (way after apps are due). Do I include this in my CV? I feel that the position will look excellent to admissions, but since I have not started the position I am worried it will come off as presumptuous and weird. help!
  21. Hi everyone, I recently received an email by NYU SCPS encouraging me to apply for their MS in Global Affairs. The thing is that I got 90 on my TOEFL exam, and my GPA is currently at 3.60. They say that I can take their English Language Assessment exam. I thankfully have a CV full of experiences, including a Study Abroad experience and founding a Student Association at my University. I would like to know if anyone thinks those things count for the admission officers. Also, I would like to know about anyone who has already applied in the past to tell me their admission process experience. Thank you!
  22. Hi there, I have 2 masters. The official graduation date of the first program is 6 months after the beginning of the second program. I started to study in the second program in January, but the certificate shows that I graduated from the first program in June. Would this be a problem? Should I offer detailed explanation in SOP or CV? Thank you!
  23. Hello I graduated in a low rank university with 3/4 GPA however, I am finishing my master's degree in the best university of a foreign country (universally known better) (My MSc university is a well-known one. around 400 in QS ranking, though locally the best one). My stats are as following: B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering GPA: 3/4 M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering GPA: 4/4 TOEFL iBT: 100/120 note: It is expired. I am taking a new one in 2 weeks. hope to score higher. GRE: Q: 162 V: 147 W:3.5 Publication: 2 peer-reviewed journals (published but not first author) 1 being reviewed at the moment (first author) 1 or 2 are being prepared but not sure if they make the application 8 conference presentations (6 first author) I am looking for the schools for PhD in biomedical engineering with full funding. What is the range of ranking that I definitely have a chance? and which range should I try? Should I contact the PIs or just apply directly to the school. I have contacted one from a good university and he said that the routine is that I have to apply and after first year the PIs will support the students.
  24. So here's my issue. I'm about to get my second master degree, the first one a regular MSc and the second one a MRes. Over the course of this time I have conducted and taken part in a number of research projects. All of them have involved extensive fieldwork abroad. Now I am looking for jobs that are related to the practical application of my knowledge. (Btw, I'm in the development field as you can tell from my profile) It was never my goal to stay within academia, but I saw these two masters as a chance to build on my skillset and I am convinced these skills are transferable to the 'applied/practical field'. But this is my dilemma: The last three positions on my resume basically all say "researcher" or "research assistant" in some form. I know that my experiences are more than that, and I want to reframe them so it highlights the "international" and "field experience" aspect rather than the research aspect. Has anyone had do this before, and how did you solve it? Thanks!
  25. What are some great online resources for writing a CV? I've found OWL (purdue's resource) really excellent for anyone else wondering, but it's without samples. What are some others anyone else might know about? I'm applying to PhD clinical psychology programs. Thank you, in advance. Link to OWL website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/1/
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