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    WRITE A COMPELLING CV AND COVER LETTER FOR FACULTY POSITIONS IN RESEARCH OR TEACHING FOR SCIENCE, MATH AND ENGINEERINGJulie Miller VickSenior Career Advisor

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    What were going to cover Introduction to written materials for the job search C.V. development Cover letter Additional application materials Using job announcements appropriately Resources Questions

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    Written materials for the job search C.V. Statement of teaching philosophy Research statement Evidence of excellence in teaching Website Writing sample Teaching portfolio Cover letters Transcripts References

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    Written materials for the job search C.V.

    Lists academic achievements, prioritizes research or teaching based on job description/career goals

    Research statementProvides a narrative of what big questions you have

    asked, how you have gained answers, why this is important to your field, and most importantly, where you will go next

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    Written materials for the job search Statement of teaching philosophy

    Narrative of your teaching goals with examples that demonstrate

    Evidence of excellence in teaching You can decide what to provide

    Teaching portfolio Usually includes syllabi, course evaluations, description of

    teaching awards References

    Specific evidence of your academic abilities that should echo your statements and examples

    Cover letters Highlighting the key points of all your other materials (not just

    repeating the information), prioritizing the examples given based on who will be reading the letter. Can take the place of both research statement and teaching philosophy if these are not asked for

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    Key points for all documents No matter what field you are in, you must show that you

    do compelling, forward-looking research that is both original and helps to advance your field

    All materials should look like they are part of a cohesive packet of information that tell an effective story about youFormatted in the same wayNot saying exactly the same thing, but expanding on

    information mentioned in the other documentsEach as separate PDFs named appropriately (unless the

    job announcement requests otherwise)May have them on the web in something like Interfolio

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    C.V. (Curriculum vitae) Purpose of a C.V. is get you an interview

    Complete listing of your academic credentials and accomplishmentsAcademic jobsFunding (grants or fellowships)

    C.V.s will vary from discipline to disciplineMake use of younger faculty in your department to see if

    you can look at versions of their CV they used for applications

    C.V. organization may vary depending on where/what it is being used for It is possible to tailor the CV for each application

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    www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/writtenmaterials

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    CV CategoriesStandard Name and contact

    information Education Honors and Fellowships Teaching/Research

    Experience Publications Presentations Professional Memberships References

    Possible additional categories Grants Languages Technical Skills University/Professional

    Service Research/Teaching

    Interests Professional Experience Patents Certifications/Professional

    Licensure Additional Information

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    Tips on writing your CV C.V. lists all your relevant professional/academic

    accomplishments It is expected that your C.V. will be more than one page

    Your most significant & relevant accomplishments should be prominent in the organizational structure of the C.V.

    Try to put most important information on the first page Organize each section in reverse chronological order Tailor to your audience Use clear, easy-to-understand language Your name should be on each page of your C.V.

    Beginning on the second page, also add page numbers

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    Formatting the CV Use formatting techniques such as indenting, font sizes,

    uppercase, bold and italics, and skipping line consistently Bolding highlights key information (degree, location, subject,

    name) Italics often makes text harder to read Avoid using too many formatting techniques/stylesBalance print and white space Avoid font sizes under 10 point

    Keep the format simple

    Dont list dates on the left side they are often the least important piece of information Dont bold them either

    Find someone to read/proof your job search materials Check for spelling mistakes

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    Prioritizing your CV sections The order of sections can vary depending on what you

    want to prioritizeThere is no required orderCheck to see if there are field or discipline specific

    templates you should be followingResearch experience vs teaching experience are the two

    main sections that will be switched depending on the job

    Schedule an appointment with a Career Services advisor if you are uncertain

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    Name and contact information This category is pretty straightforward

    Dont make the word Curriculum Vitae the most prominent part of your first page!

    Give one email address to avoid confusionGive phone numbers at which you would like the institution

    to contact you and will expect to be contactedExclude personal informationYou may want to add PhD to name if you have graduated

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    Education Most Ph.D. candidates will have this as their first category

    Make it clear when your degree is expected

    Postdocs might want to have Current Research Experience or Current Position as a first categoryPostdocs are not usually included in the Education

    section. Some people use the heading Education and Training and include both the postdoc and education

    Give some detail such as field of concentration, title of dissertation, name of advisorYou can include a very succinct summary of your research

    that focuses on questions asked, methods used, findings, and relevance

    Everyone will read your CV, few will read everything else

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    EducationDoctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, August 2014University of California, San Francisco, California

    Master of Science, Neuroscience, 2011University of California, Berkeley, California

    Bachelor of Arts, Human Biology, 2009Columbia University, New York, New York

    EDUCATIONPh.D. Electrical and Systems Engineering, August 2014University of PennsylvaniaAdvisor: Dr. X NameDissertation Title: Title of dissertation

    B.Sc., in Honors, Summa cum Laude, Computer Engineering, May 2005Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityAdvisor: Dr. Y NameThesis: Thesis titleSelected Graduate Coursework:Optimal Design of Wireless SystemsNonlinear and Adaptive Control Random Processes in EngineeringIntelligent and Animated Software Agents

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    CURRENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCEPostdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Name July 2013-presentDepartment of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Brief description of research

    EDUCATION

    EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USAPh.D., Mathematics, May, 2013Thesis: Rational Polynomial Pell EquationsAdvisor: Name

    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USAB.A., Mathematics, summa cum laude, 2007Thesis: Representations of Cyclic QuiversAdvisor: NameB.A., Computer Science, 2007

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    Honors and Awards You can make this a separate category, or include these

    under the relevant degree

    Put recognizable, significant awards

    If you are a international student, you may need to explain some of the honorsWere they given for academic excellence?Were they based on something you applied for?Were they competitive?Can you find a way to describe the award that will help it to

    make sense to anyone who reads this section?

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    AWARDSStudent Fellow Award, Biomedical Engineering Society January 2013DSM Polymer Technology Award, DSM and American Chemical Society August 2011Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award, American Chemical Society 2010Graduate Student Research Gold Award, Materials Research Society 2009Molecular Biophysics Training Grant, National Institute of Health (NIH) 2007 2009Biomolecular GAANN Fellowship, US Dept. of Education 2007 2010

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    Research interests A brief answer to the question, whats next?

    This must be credibleYou should absolutely be prepared to elaborate on this if

    you get an interview

    Keywords associated with your specific research interests and expertiseLook at the job description for clues on what terms they

    may be looking for

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    Research Interests