“Do I want to make my CV available online? If yes, where should I post it, and what platform should I use? Furthermore, what version of my CV should I use? (That’s right: the academic CV is not one-size-fits-all.)”
There can be no right answers to these questions; certainly, posting one’s CV online has drawbacks and benefits, and there many ways that the CV—or at least some of the credentials one might include in it—can be displayed online. In service to this complexity, I’d like to explore some reasons why a graduate student, in particular, might publish his or her CV online, or alternatively, keep it “private.” Then, I list some options for publishing the CV (either in full or in part) online.
Pros and Cons
The CV is an ongoing chronicle of one’s scholarly, professional, and pedagogical track-record. Nevertheless, for many graduate students, sharing a nascent and underdeveloped CV is daunting: making it available online is a bit like baking a birthday cake and decorating it before it’s cooled: technically, the cake is fit for consumption, but it’s not ready for display in the bakery window.
Graduate student Jason Heppler asks different questions about the digital CV because he is a digital humanist with programming experience; the act of publishing his CV online is part of his CV. (It’s not icing on the cake but rather an important ingredient in the recipe.)
Twitter user and graduate student @mrmauritzen brought up an important, pragmatic concern: how should sensitive information, such as email addresses and phone numbers, be handled? (Furthermore, should references be listed?) Not providing one’s contact information on a CV might counterproductive in terms of networking and collaboration.
Simple Publishing Options
Below, I’ve listed a few CV-publishing possibilities for those who do not want to develop their own website or host their own blog.
I opted to not to publish my CV online in its entirety. However, I currently use blog pages (not posts) to highlight some material from my CV in abbreviated form. My blog also links to my LinkedIn account, which provides more extensive information from my CV, such as my complete educational history. However, only my LinkedIn contacts can see that information, and I don’t have many contacts (nor do I feel the need to develop a larger presence on the site). I created a CV with Visual CV, and I when I transition to my new position this fall, I’ll make it public. However, I imagine that document also will be incomplete in that I’ll redact some information I’d normally include in my official CV, such the names and contact information of my references.
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