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The Academic CV: 5 Common Mistakes

Creating an academic CV is a vital part of working in higher education. Your CV can also be an important tool when applying for funding, publication, professional development, and other opportunities outside the university.
 
Whether you are creating your first CV, or you want to “freshen up” one you already have, here are 5 of the most common mistakes people make and some useful advice on how to avoid them!
 
1: Overthinking design elements
 
If you go online and search for résumé and CV templates, you’ll find an exhausting number of examples that range from plain and simple to overly flashy. ...




5 Ways to Land Your Dream Job with These Top Interview Tips

Hands up! Who loves the sweaty palm inducing process that is the ‘dream job interview’? So far, you have impressed them with your CV and completed a great application form. You may have aced tests and now comes the face-to-face meeting.
 
Now is your chance to shine and show the interview panel that you have the personality as well as the skills to do the job and fit right into their culture. ...




Six Steps to Getting That Promotion

No matter your industry or position, promotions can influence your short and long-term job satisfaction - from career progression to future opportunities. Use this two-part approach to make the most of internal advancement opportunities by ensuring you are top of mind for promotions and other critical opportunities. ...




Brand Yourself for Career Stability

Answer the right questions to define your skills and interests.
 
Wouldn't you love to have someone approach you and ask if you would like to work for their company? That can't happen if you are a well-kept secret.In the simplest of terms, a brand is a recognized name. ...




How to Plan Your Workday for Productivity

The demands of the modern workplace often mean blurring the lines between work and personal time. Whether you're an entrepreneur or a corporate professional, you may find yourself answering emails, taking calls and completing projects long after you've left the office for the day. ...




Considering Freelance Work? 5 Tips to Maintain Your Financial Health

Moving from employment to freelancing doesn’t only require a shift in office locations, but a shift in finances. It’s a risky venture, but an increasing number of Americans are taking the plunge, and for many, it’s paying off.
 
If you’re considering a freelance career, taking your financial health into consideration every step of the way can help ensure the decision is worth your while. ...




Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case

Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
It’s your sister’s wedding, and you and your quiet but nice cousin—he’s doing his Ph.D. in something, maybe history?—are doing your best to get drunk off the watered-down open-bar bourbon. ...




The Academy’s Dirty Secret

An astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.

The United States prides itself on offering broad access to higher education, and thanks to merit-based admissions, ample financial aid, and emphasis on diverse student bodies, our country can claim some success in realizing this ideal. ...




Six Steps to Landing Your First Teaching Job

The economy is tough, but jobs are out there. Here’s how to find them and make yourself a stand-out candidate.
You’re so close to beginning your teaching career, you can already feel the chalk dust on your fingers. 
On track to graduate? Check. ...




Soft Skills That Absolutely Must be on Your CV When you Work in Education

Thinking about everything that needs to be on your CV, whilst also making sure you don’t overload it with everything you’ve ever done, can be a tricky balance. It’s important to make sure it is written with a role in mind so that you can tailor it to include all the skills and experience relevant to that role and that role only. ...