The CV Doctor Returns

June 20, 2007

Putting together an effective curriculum vitae is one of the most crucial tasks in your job hunt. But if you're like most academics, your CV probably could use a little work.

Now is your chance to get some free advice as part of the CV Doctor's annual critique of readers' vitas. Submit your CV by June 29, and it may be selected for an online, public critique.

We'll publish the results of our critique here in August. To be considered, e-mail us your CV and a brief statement granting us permission to reproduce it in the column. You must indicate in your statement whether you would like us to remove identifying details such as your name and address and the names of your employers and most recent degree-granting institution.

This year we're looking to evaluate the CV's of job candidates in four specific categories:

  • A Ph.D. in the social sciences seeking a tenure-track job.

  • An M.F.A. (in creative writing, performing arts, or visual arts) seeking a teaching position.

  • A Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.

  • An administrator at any level seeking to move up the ranks in academe.

If you fall into one of those categories, send your CV as an attachment to by June 29. To help us better evaluate your CV, include a few sentences in your e-mail message about your career goals. Be specific. Due to the volume of responses, we are unable to provide individual feedback about each CV we receive.


Julie Miller Vick is senior associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer S. Furlong, who earned her Ph.D. in romance languages from Penn in 2003, is associate director. Vick is co-author of The Academic Job Search Handbook(University of Pennsylvania Press), along with Mary Morris Heiberger, who was associate director of career services at Penn.