If you\u2019re applying for a role in academia, you\u2019ll need a strong academic CV or resume. But what should this look like? Key elements to feature include:\n\n\n \tYour personal details, such as your name and contact information.\n \tA personal statement that summarizes your career.\n \tYour education history in reverse chronological order.\n \tPrevious academic appointments and teaching experience.\n \tPublications, including forthcoming publications and works under review.\n \tInformation on funding (e.g., grants, fellowships, and scholarships).\n \tInformation on conference presentations and talks you\u2019ve given.\n \tOther relevant details, such as professional memberships and training.\n \tDetails about your academic referees.\n\nFor more on all the above, plus some general tips for putting your academic CV together in a way that highlights your strengths, read on below.\n\n1. Personal Details\nAs with any CV, you should start with personal details. This usually includes your name, address, telephone number, and your email address.\nDon\u2019t include personal information that isn\u2019t relevant to the role.\n\n2. Personal Statement\nNext, include a personal statement that summarizes your career, research interests, and your current position (if relevant). Keep this section brief (ideally one paragraph). You can even use bullet points for clarity if it helps.\n\n3. Education History\nList your degrees in reverse chronological order so that the most recent (and therefore most relevant) comes first. Include the following details:\n\n\n \tType of degree and focus.\n \tDepartment and institution.\n \tCompletion date (or expected completion date).\n \tTitle of your dissertation or thesis and your supervisor\u2019s details.\n\n4. Academic Appointments\nDetail all your teaching experience in reverse chronological order, including lecturing, seminar, tutorial and supervision experience.\nFor each appointment you list, include:\n\n\n \tThe position, institution, course, and dates.\n \tA brief description of your achievements and responsibilities in the role.\n \tAny other important information (level of students, topics taught).\n\nYou should also list research appointments (either with teaching roles or in separate sections, depending on how many you have to list). If you\u2019ve not done much research yet, you can always expand on your PhD work.\n\n5. Publications\nGive full citation details for everything you\u2019ve had published (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, books). Make sure to:\n\n\n \tList publications in reverse chronological order.\n \tUse a clear, consistent reference style.\n \tFor upcoming works, give as much detail as you can.\n \tUse subheadings to break up a long list by type.\n \tFor group work, highlight your own name in bold so it stands out.\n\nIf you\u2019ve not had anything published yet, include works-in-progress.\n\n6. Funding, Awards and Scholarships\nWhen it comes to funding you\u2019ve received, make sure to note the name of the award\/grant, the organization it came from, and the year. You may also need to include the amount awarded, especially for grants. However, this convention varies, so check with someone in your field if you\u2019re not sure.\nIn some cases, it is better to include information on funding elsewhere in your CV (e.g., you can mention scholarships alongside the relevant qualifications). However, having a separate section can make these awards stand out, especially if you have several grants or scholarships to list.\n\n7. Conference Presentations and Invited Talks\nList any talks and conference presentations you\u2019ve given, including upcoming talks you\u2019ve been invited to give but haven\u2019t happened yet.\nWhen doing this, include full reference information for conference papers and posters. And as with publications, you can put your own name in bold if you worked with others on the project.\n\n8. Any Other Information\nNote any relevant information that isn\u2019t covered elsewhere, such as:\n\n\n \tProfessional activities (e.g., reviewing manuscripts).\n \tProfessional society memberships.\n \tAdministrative experience (e.g., organizing a conference).\n \tLanguages that you speak (note your proficiency).\n \tAny other qualifications or professional training relevant to the role.\n\nIn other words, if it will boost your chances of landing the job, make sure to add a section about it in your CV! You still want your CV to be clear and concise, though, so only include extra sections if they are relevant.\n\n9. Referees\nFinally, list two or three academic referees. Include their names, professional roles, and contact details. Make sure to ask their permission first, though!\n\nPerfecting Your Academic CV\nA good academic CV will include all the information above, but how you present it matters, too. To perfect your resume, then, you should:\n\n\n \tPrioritize the information that\u2019s most relevant to the role (e.g., if your teaching and research experience are more important, include these sections before your education history).\n \tGive each section a clear and relevant heading.\n \tSkip any sections that don\u2019t apply and expand where you need to.\n\nFor more information on how to write an academic CV, see our blog post on the topic. And whatever you do, don\u2019t forget to get your CV proofread!