I would not list the museum stuff, as it is not related to psychology. My CV is two pages, although some of it is bullet points with research tasks I've participated in so that professors get a sense of what tasks and skills I've acquired.
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Secondly I don't know whether to list one of my internships as research experience. Maybe someone could help:
I worked at museum as a research assistant. My job was to find images and obtain permission to use those images in our exhibition. I phoned places like the library of congress and talked to them about background information concerning the exhibition. I did a lot of work locating images and literature online and presenting the information that I found in departmental meetings. I know that the title of my job was "research assistant" but should I count it as research? I have heard different answers from different people and assumed as usual that this would be a great place for feedback.
My CV is about 14 pages long. The content builds a case to insurance companies why I demand a higher reimbursement. In college, I had a professor who had a 50 page cv, although he was quite proud of himself.
I found this on line for you:
Vitae, also known as curricula vitae or c.v., are documents that detail your academic and professional accomplishments. Vitae are more comprehensive documents than resumes. They are most often used for academic or research positions, whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry. [Note vitae (vee-tie) is the plural form; vita (vee-tuh) is singular]
Vitae are commonly used in applying for the following:
Admission to graduate school or as part of an application packet for a graduate assistantship or scholarship
Teaching, research, and upper-level administrative positions in higher education
Academic departmental and tenure reviews
College or university service appointments
Professional association leadership positions
Publishing and editorial review boards
Research and consulting positions in a variety of settings
School administration positions at the superintendent, principal, or department head level
While resumes are rarely more than one or two pages long, vitae can be many pages in length. Although there is no limitation on the length of vitae, it is important that they, like resumes, be written concisely. Common lengths for curriculum vitae are one to three pages for bachelors and masters degree candidates; one to five pages for doctoral candidates; and five or more pages for an experienced academician or researcher.
Besides conveying information about who you are, your education, and your professional experience, a curriculum vita also includes information about professional publications, presentations, committee work, grants received, and other grants based on each persons experience. The following list is provided as a guide for determining which categories of information to include in your c.v.
Masters thesis or project
Dissertation title or topic
Course highlights or areas of concentration in graduate study
Teaching experience and interests
Research experience and interests
Internships or graduate practica
Professional papers and presentations
Professional association and committee leadership positions and activities
Certificates and licensure
Academic awards, scholarships, and fellowships
Foreign study and travel abroad
Technical and computer skills
Although curricula vitae are often similar to resumes, the preferred style, format, and content varies from discipline to discipline. Before writing a c.v., you should become familiar with the requirements of your academic field by asking faculty members in your department and contacting professional associations for additional guidelines and examples. CCO advisors can review your vita and make suggestions through Walk-in Advising or an Individual Advising Appointment.
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I've only heard the one page rule when referring to resumes, not CVs. A vita tends to be much longer because it can include numerous positions, research projects, and publications. You can see how including all of the stuff that PsychevalIII posted CVs would be much, much longer than a single page.
As an undergrad or recent graduate applying to Ph.D. programs you aren't likely to have a lot of stuff on your CV. Application committees understand this and aren't looking for you to fill it up with irrelevant details. What's relavent and what's not is open for debate, though. At this point in your career, I would include the museum internship. If you have psychology related research experience then list that under a heading of "Research" and then list your museum research as "Other Research" or something similar. The experience you gained on the musuem job was valuable and shows at the very least, you can do literature reviews and present your findings to a group. Graduate schools want to be sure that applicants have research skills, so why not include anything that can show you have these skills? Don't go overboard, but if your experience illustrates you have the skills graduate schools are looking for then include it.
just getting this straight...no one has heard this one page rule? My friend who is applying to clinical programs in the fall says that the professors from her extremey respectable school are telling her no more than one page, I am going to make mine more I just wonder where this came from
I have, but it is dependant upon experience. I was a pseudo non-traditional student (Bach. in Psych & Biz) with a career in Biz, but I had a lengthy psych experience before jumping ship. I had to account for my gap, so I listed applicable Biz stuff (a ton of research, I/O consulting, etc), to show what I did in the gap of years. Ironically I was told by a bunch of places that I could have gotten into any I/O program, but my heart was in clinical.
In business and even possibly in resumes for psychology-related jobs for hospitals, 1 page resumes is standard. However, CVs are very long and are pretty much always longer. For professors, you can see CVs over 50 pages.
Basically, for grad school apps, I would say, don't worry about the length at all. I also had a couple of things on my resume that were relevant for grad school, but not quite research experience or clinical experience. I called it "volunteer experience" on mine, but "other experience" would work too.
CV should include all you have accomplished relevant to your field. A resume should only include relevant issues and accomplishments to the job you are applying for, and should be brief. If the peopel at the job you are applying for do not know the difference between a CV and resume I would be concerned.
http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/vita.html , or
Also, try searching for "curriculum vitae" instead of "cv"
Hey guys, I was hoping I could get some advice for sending out an academic cv.
How are good cv's organized? How can you make it look aesthetically pleasing? (I know that's not super important, but I don't want it to look sloppy). How much description of each research position I've had should I include? I've had 4 research positions, all with significant involvement in the research, and all of which led to a thesis, and I'm just not sure how much detail is appropriate to include for each position; I want to sell myself accurately but I also don't want to drone on for too long.
If anyone is feeling super kind and would be willing to share an example or template of a good CV, that would be amazing!
For general formatting you can bold, center, italicize, and underline the headings, but make the actual content be in plain Arial or Times New Roman. You could probably break it up something like this:
Research Experience / Publications
If your research assistant positions have led to publications that you authored you should cite them in APA style. If not, you could write something like...
"Research assistant to So-and-so, PhD investigating The Topic of Your Research. University/Institution, Years of Project. Responsibilities: data collection, IRB submissions, etc."
This article is primary targeted toward undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate studies, but it offers some nice advice for formatting.
A number of graduate programs have grad student webpages which often have pdf or word versions of their CVs. I found this was helpful in getting me started and saving me lots of time on formatting. If I recall University of Utah clinical program was one example of this. I think this is a great idea because it also shows a lot of respect for grad students as colleagues.
Hi I'm currently working on putting together my CV. I figured there is a thread for SOP but not for CV questions even though the CV can be a pretty important part of the app too (or so I've heard). I guess I'll start!
Does anyone know what the APA format for adding being a "panel moderator" at a regional conference is?
Also, does anyone know whether it's common, when applying to grad schools, to also indicate your research interests on your CV?
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I listed my research Interests at the very top of my CV right under my education. The reasoning is this: They'll see what I want to focus on in grad school..... and then see everything I've already done as an undergrad.
I use to have it at the bottom of my CV but I spoke to a professional CV builder and she recommended putting it at the top.
I am glad to have read this thread! I am a non-traditional PhD hopeful with no formal psychology research, and while I am in a masters program where I will get relevant experience, I have done a great deal of research as part of my professional career (technology). I have no trade publications from my current work, but reading this thread, I think I can point out a few relevant set of skills (including experience doing data analysis, interviewing, competitive analysis research) . I would place this under "Other research", right? Thanks!
I'm trying to figure out how to list an "in progress" paper on my CV. It's a case study of a (completed) year-long intervention. Obviously all of the data/information is gathered and it's outlined, but I haven't written a single word outside of the outline. I have another paper that I'm listing as "in preparation" that is much closer to being ready to submit; if someone asked for a draft of that paper, I could share it, with permission of my co-author. If someone asked for a draft of the "in progress" paper, though, I don't have anything to share, but it feels substantial enough to include on my CV in some way. (I hope to draft the paper in January, so it should be written but not submitted by interview season, if I get any interviews!) I also don't want to look like I'm padding by including two "in preparation" manuscripts.
My CV applying to programs was 8 pages. I worked in clinical research for 8 years before starting my program, so I have about 4-5 pages of presentations and published abstracts/manuscripts (don't worry - that's NOT the norm). The remainder of the content was relevant work experience (I never listed that numerous restaurants I worked for during undergrad), research experience, university activities, professional affiliations, volunteer activities, awards and scholarships, research interests, computer & technical skills, personal interests (this is optional, but I included things like hiking, camping, cooking...I thought it revealed elements of my personality ), and professional references.
Be realistic about anything pending. Is it really "in preparation?" Where are you with it? Is it actually drafted or pending submission? Interviewers may ask you about any pending manuscripts, presentations, etc. and you don't want to appear flaky. If you didn't know the exact status and could back it up with evidence (i.e. an actual draft or, in the case of a pending draft, corroboration with a mentor), then it's merely "padding" your CV. Get some words on paper, so you can be honest about your "draft" at the time of application submission.
I'm a 4th year in a clinical psych PhD program and the content of my CV has changed considerably because it's geared towards internship applications. However, it's only one page longer (I cut out a lot of the other stuff as I saw fit, replacing content with even more relevant stuff).
I agree with a previous post: to search actual CVs on the internet. Many professors post their CVs and you can tailor yours to your purpose (i.e. I don't have sections for grants, (official) dissertation topic or licenses...yet). Keep the goal insight: You need to present very well in comparison to your fellow applicants. The only other documents you have to accomplish this goal are your personal statement, transcripts and LORs. Just ask yourself: Is it RELEVANT? If so, how would you explain the relevance in an interview. Anything you submit is "free game" for interviewers to evaluate you as a candidate.
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Anytime you get money to do research or other activities that you had to submit a competitive application for I think would count. Either way, I think it belongs on there somewhere. It doesn't need to be a million dollars from NIH to count at this level.
That said, if its something like a travel award for a few hundred dollars, you may want to consider putting it under a more general heading (i.e. "Awards") or something like that.
You can just put "PhD [or PsyD], University of X, Anticipated 20XX" in your "education" section or even include an anticipated MA/MS as well if your program gives one en route.
Personally, I organize my "Research Experience" section by professor/lab, not project. YMMV. If you have manuscripts submitted or in prep, you can generally indicate this in a "publications" section, although views on putting in prep publication vary (some see it as padding, but I think it makes sense for undergrads and beginning grads who don't have that many publications out again. Again, YMMV.) As for TAing, I have a separate section for teaching experience on my CV.
Personally, I put small grants or awards (anything under a thousand dollars or so or at the university level) under "awards" and large national grants in which I've been named (or, in one case, was funded under for a few years) under "grant funding awarded," but I don't know how standard that is, if at all.
I found this website really helpful when I was just beginning to look into Graduate school, application process, etc. There is so much to consider, so it was really nice to have it all organized and laid out in this way. Hopefully others find it useful as well!
There is also a section about CVs and an example of the authors actual cv.
I apparently push the envelope a little more with my CV than many here. I have a selection of those on my CV as well just because they portray a few unique skills that aren't captured elsewhere (non-linear modeling, matlab programming, etc.). Just tacked on at the end, but I added them in after I saw the CVs of a couple new hires at major university who all had similar things.
Honestly, I think as long as things are clearly labeled and related, I don't know that its going to be as big a deal as people here are imagining. Not everyone is going to read a CV carefully, but hopefully they are going to do more than just count pages. It would probably look suspicious if you have 4 pages of attended workshops with no posters, no publications, one practica experience, etc. but I really doubt it would be held against someone who had it as a minor part of a solid CV. That's based on the faculty I've met though, so your mileage may vary.
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