The CV Doctor Returns

June 07, 2006

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 16 to, and it may be selected for an online, public critique. We'll show you how to improve the document.

We'll publish the results of our critique here, but if you prefer to remain anonymous, we will omit your name and other identifying details.

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

  • A Ph.D. in the humanities seeking a faculty position.

  • A Ph.D. in any field with significant online teaching.

  • A Ph.D. in the life or physical sciences applying to both academic and industrial positions.

  • 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 16. To help us better evaluate your CV, include a few sentences in your e-mail message about your career goals. Be specific.


Julie Miller Vick is associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer S. Furlong is a graduate career counselor at the university. Vick is one of the authors of The Academic Job Search Handbook (University of Pennsylvania Press), along with Mary Morris Heiberger, who was associate director of career services at Penn.

You can order their book directly from the University of Pennsylvania Press or from either of the online booksellers below.