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Author Topic: New Game! Ten Worst things to put on your c.v.  (Read 66560 times)
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« on: June 30, 2011, 10:54:33 AM »

Inspired by this news item:
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/112740/worst-things-to-put-on-resume-fins

Let's come up with the worst things people (seriously) put on their C.V. when looking for a TT or similar job.

1. Eagle scout (I'm married to one, but it doesn't go on an academic C.V.
2. Anything that isn't correct (fudging time line or years).
3. Short term unrelated employment.
4. Weight and height (I've seen this!)

More ideas? Have you seen anything particularly egregious on a C.V.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011, 11:05:16 AM »

Inspired by this news item:
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/112740/worst-things-to-put-on-resume-fins

Let's come up with the worst things people (seriously) put on their C.V. when looking for a TT or similar job.

1. Eagle scout (I'm married to one, but it doesn't go on an academic C.V.
2. Anything that isn't correct (fudging time line or years).
3. Short term unrelated employment.
4. Weight and height (I've seen this!)

More ideas? Have you seen anything particularly egregious on a C.V.

5.  Membership in MENSA
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2011, 11:07:06 AM »

Quote from: octoprof
1. Eagle scout (I'm married to one, but it doesn't go on an academic C.V.
2. Anything that isn't correct (fudging time line or years).
3. Short term unrelated employment.
4. Weight and height (I've seen this!)

5.  Membership in MENSA

6. GMAT score

I saw that on the same CV I saw the mensa thing. Clearly a new Phd not getting good advice. No one cares about your GMAT or GRE once you are admitted to the graduate program.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 11:08:57 AM »

A list of titles of the fanfiction you've posted to online sites.  (Yes, seen this.)
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2011, 11:11:05 AM »

Recently we decided:

7. Job talks
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 11:16:00 AM »

8. A long list of grants applied for, with "not funded" after each one.
9. Marital status and names of kids.

I've seen both of these more than once...
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2011, 11:22:20 AM »

Photos
Hobbies
Placement in recent athletic competitions
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2011, 11:58:32 AM »

13.  Health

This used to be common, but now is probably illegal--either way, it shouldn't be there.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2011, 12:14:41 PM »

14. Under education: names of elementary and junior high schools.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2011, 1:02:40 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2011, 1:16:19 PM »


16. Military service where it is not clear exactly what the service was or the person's rank.  (All the applicant indicated was some jargon and acronyms, and tried to make the case that the military experience was relevant.  But I was left clueless.  Not 100pct sure if the applicant was in the Army, Reserves, or National Guard.  Or an officer? Not that it matters to me, but still.)

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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 1:30:05 PM »


16. Military service where it is not clear exactly what the service was or the person's rank.  (All the applicant indicated was some jargon and acronyms, and tried to make the case that the military experience was relevant.  But I was left clueless.  Not 100pct sure if the applicant was in the Army, Reserves, or National Guard.  Or an officer? Not that it matters to me, but still.)


Huh.  I have never seen this on a c.v., but I think there are quite a few reasons why someone's military experience might be appealing to some institutions -- ability to advise students who are veterans, experience working around the globe, professional advice re working with federal gov't.  Perhaps just the fact that there are so few folks in academia with experience in the armed forces.  Anyhow.

Sorry.  Derailing.

Here's my contribution:

17. Publications from completely mysterious origins from decades ago and for which the applicant isn't actually the primary author/editor.

That was on an insanely padded c.v. from a senior person applying for an administrative post.

Oh -- were we supposed to stop at 10, Octo?
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 1:39:46 PM »

9. Marital status and names of kids.

In Europe, this is done sometimes - although the practice seems to be in decline.  I've done it in certain cases, because the names of my wife and children suggest a family connection with the country I am applying in (which is different from my nationality).  It is a way of suggesting without saying (1) that I might actually take the job, and might stay (2) that they won't have any trouble getting me a work visa.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2011, 2:02:11 PM »

18. Founding member, "Genius Society (We've got g!)"

Seriously, I saw this once on a colleague's cv.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 2:35:41 PM »


16. Military service where it is not clear exactly what the service was or the person's rank.  (All the applicant indicated was some jargon and acronyms, and tried to make the case that the military experience was relevant.  But I was left clueless.  Not 100pct sure if the applicant was in the Army, Reserves, or National Guard.  Or an officer? Not that it matters to me, but still.)


Huh.  I have never seen this on a c.v., but I think there are quite a few reasons why someone's military experience might be appealing to some institutions -- ability to advise students who are veterans, experience working around the globe, professional advice re working with federal gov't.  Perhaps just the fact that there are so few folks in academia with experience in the armed forces.  Anyhow.


Let's say that if we are the Department of Basketweaving, the applicant noted basketweaving experience in the military (in addition to the usual credentials). 
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