What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?
October 11, 2012 5:40 PM Subscribe
What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from?
posted by Scientist to Education (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, this one should be quick. I got a request from a professor who is writing one of my grad school recommendations that I send her a short resume/CV that she can use to help guide her in the process of writing it. Fair enough, but I don't really know how to write one. I can do a job resume no problem but I'm not really sure exactly what information is supposed to go on a document like this one and my googling isn't really helping very much.
Basically I need to know what the major points that I will need to hit on are, and what I should be putting there given that I'm just an undergrad and I don't really have a publication history or anything. I have some lab experience and I imagine it would make sense for me to put down whose labs I've worked in and what I did in them. And of course I know I need to put down the institutions I've attended and when.
What else, though? Does anyone care about my job history in this context? (Selling cigars doesn't really seem relevant. Do people care that I did Americorps, or that I used to be a park ranger back in the day?) Do I need to put down some of the major classes that I've attended? Is there space on a document like this for me to talk about my academic interests and the direction that I see my career going in the future?
I can get a sense of proper formatting from looking at some sample CVs online, so I feel like I'm OK there. And I'm not generally a dolt about writing this kind of stuff, like I said I can do a mean resume, I'm just not sure what sort of information is considered pertinent on a CV of this kind. Help is, as always, appreciated.