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Been a long time, Scholar! Been busy with keeping things together my final semester of undergrad, but now I really need some advice from folks with more experience
As part of my department portfolios (and future plans) I need to write up my CV, which I've never done. I've consulted online resources and they seem contradictory.
Can anyone offer any guidance on how to write and structure a CV for someone who is just finishing undergrad?

@RedBard From my experience, it's most helpful to think of a CV as telling a story. Different disciplines expect different formats/genres, but to a greater or lesser degree, you still get to shape your story within expected parameters. Some disciplines / positions want to see degrees first, while others might care more about skills or research projects. I learn best from examples, so if you're like me, maybe look for people doing what you want to do in the future and emulate/adapt them?

@RedBard Yes, customs differ a great deal from field to field and country to country (eg. some audiences want the exact value of awards, others think they are vulgar). Could you give us some context? An academic CV in physics in Germany is a bit different than one in English in Canada.

@bookandswordblog My plans are a bit fluid but for sake of example I'll say I'm writing a CV for theater studies as an American applying to UK schools

@RedBard It can also be good to first create a 'master CV' with the most precise information you have about anything relevant for jobs, awards, or graduate school applications (dates, sums of money, descriptions of workshops attended or courses taught or what exactly you did when you were on the board of that club) and then select from it to create a CV for specific audiences

@bookandswordblog @RedBard This! I didn't do that because it wasn't as big in career #1 and I lost a lot of CV information that doesn't make it onto resumes - I was really involved in state level projects, but I have forgotten what year I presented this or worked on that so my CV has some bare spots.

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