Just like when applying for a job in industry, you should tailor your academic CV for every application. Make sure to find out as much as you can about the position and be realistic that you can match most of the requirements. Check the department’s website to see what kind of research they are currently involved in and what techniques you need to be aware of. Use your network of contacts to get information about the department to help tailor your CV. Your CV will then need to present the evidence that you are a good match and that you can fulfill the job requirements point by point.
Consider preparing a statement of academic research interest, which can be included as an ‘opener’ to your academic CV.
Your ‘statement of research interests’ can contain a proposal for future academic research and shows how that builds on your current expertise and achievements. It forms the basis for discussions and your presentation if you are invited for an interview.
Academic employers tend to be less prescriptive than industry employers about the length of a CV.
CVs are not only for job searching. You will need to update your CV regularly and adapt it for the various purposes:
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