CVs and Cover Letters

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Writing CVs and Cover Letters for Academic Positions
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This links on this page can help you when preparing materials for the academic job market, including CVs and cover letters. In addition, the U-M Career Center offers many resources and services for those on the academic job market, including CV and cover letter consultations by appointment

Resources: CVs

The CV Doctor Returns. This recurring series from the Chronicle of Higher Education tackles the job materials of two candidates every year and helps them tailor it for the jobs they seek

Dr. Karen's Rules of the Academic CV. From The Professor Is In blog, guidelines for formatting and organizing the content of your CV

Creating and Maintaining Your CV. The basics of CVs -- what are they, how to create them, how to maintain them


Resources: Cover Letters

Understanding Cover Letters. An introductory guide from Inside Higher Ed on the basics of cover letters, including a detailed description of each paragraph and what it should convey

Keys to the Cover Letter. More advice from Inside Higher Ed on do's and don'ts of the cover letter.

Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it). From The Professor Is In blog, guidelines for writing a winning cover letter

Before You Write a Cover Letter for a Nonfaculty Job, Try This Exercise. Erin Bartram describes her experience translating her academic skills into a cover letter for nonfaculty jobs.


Resources: Tailoring Your Materials

Making Yourself 'Fit'. How to tailor your job materials for teaching-focused institutions

Positioning Yourself for a Job in a Two-Year College. Tailoring your job materials for two-year colleges

Above and Beyond. Describes how to make your cover letter stand out at a teaching-focused institution

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