Good news and next bleg:

This paper proposal was accepted to the Australian Early Medieval Association’s conference! I only sent it in last night, so that suggests more about the eagerness of the conference conveners for any sort of paper than it does about the quality of said proposal, I think, but… let us rejoice anyway!

Next bleg: they asked if I wanted to apply for a bursary to attend the conference, and instructed me to send my CV. I have no idea what kind of wank to put in an academic CV. I’ve never given a paper before (although I will on Friday… but that’s for in-department assessment, does it count?), I’ve never published and I’ve never really done anything interesting at all.
What should one put on one’s very first academic CV?1

(In case you think I’m just blegging the internet when I should ask Wise People, I am going to try to hunt down the Bocera or Lolo to ask them this question as well.)

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1. What about format? Do any of you have online academic CVs I could look at to get an idea of what kind of layout people use?

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7 Responses to “Good news and next bleg:”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Virginia Tech as a pretty good website for job hunting stuff including writing CVs. http://www.career.vt.edu/Jobsearc/Resumes/vitae.htm

    Put the basics in, any awards, any talks you’ve given – even if they are in-house. Maybe a statement of research interests.

  2. highlyeccentric Says:

    Thanks michelle!

  3. Jonathan Jarrett Says:

    I have two versions, one from the Word document I send out,(1) suitably chopped about and rearranged, and one according to work’s preferred format. If they’re any help… They try and make the most of my scanty publication record, but since you can’t do that, as Michelle says, you should include what you’ve done that’s beyond the curriculum, talks, things you’ve organised, magazines you’ve run if you have; maybe even the blog, which at your level probably can’t be taken as lack of professionalism 🙂 But don’t stress it too much: if they’ve accepted the paper (for which hoo-roar!) then all they want is to be able to source some blurb for your session moderator or the programme to say who you are and what you do. It’s not a test, you’ve already passed that 🙂

    (1) As Rich Text of course. I’m not a barbarian.

  4. highlyeccentric Says:

    Thanks Jonathan!

    And sadly, the CV is a separate hurdle- they want that as an application for the bursaries 😦 I imagine it doesn’t have to be completely swish, but i’ve never even *seen* an academic CV before so i’m a bit stumped.

  5. archaeozoo Says:

    If it’s an academic CV, then usually it’s heavy on the education and related stuff side. Things to make a big deal of, if possible, include:

    Publications
    Conference Papers/Posters (ideally national/international, but even in-house is good at the early stages – include things like where they were given, dates, and titles of papers/posters).
    Awards and Grants received
    Teaching
    Training

  6. Jonathan Jarrett Says:

    OIC. In that case, I would suggest also that you try and find some room for your plans, so that they know what they’re encouraging. Keep ’em vague, talk about ideas you want to explore not projects, just show them that you’re thinking about how you’re going to contribute. Don’t be afraid to be pie-in-the-sky; no-one’s going to hold you to this for a travel bursary. For this purpose you don’t need to look like a hirable academic; but you do need to look like a sorted, organised and ambitious student. Quite possibly not too much of a stretch for you!

  7. Larry Swain Says:

    For what its worth, you can take a look at mine, drop a line and I’ll send it to you. There’s also Milton Mc. Gatch: http://www.miltongatch.us/curriculum_vitae.html

    Or Paul Szarmach’s “abbreviated” CV: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/research/rawl/neh2007/SzarmachVita/szarmachshort.htm

    Just to give you some to look at….granted, these are leviathans and we’re just minnows in the pond, but it at least gives you an idea.

    Also, ask your adviser to see his/hers.


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