The purpose of this LibGuide is to offer resources and support to all of Iowa Wesleyan College's faculty and staff who have been affected by recent reductions. The materials in this guide come from a variety of sources including Lori Muntz, Mike Richtman, and David Price. This guide will be updated frequently with new resources, articles, and information, so please check back from time to time. If you have any resources to add, or would like assistance finding information, please feel free to contact a Chadwick Librarian:
Paula Kinney Paula Wiley Kate Adams
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Resume and CV Counseling
In addition to the services offered by IWC Career Services there are several other places to go for resume and CV help.
- Check with your professional associations and organizations. Many offer workshops and other resume services
- Diana Patten at Coe College has also offered her services. Simply call 319-399-8844, mention IWC and list Heidi Seegers as your re feral source for a confidential resume review.
Resume Building Help
Purdue OWL: Writing the Curriculum Vitae
"What is a Curriculum Vitae?
Also called a CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is, as its name suggests, an overview of your life's accomplishments, most specifically those that are relevant to the academic realm. In the United States, the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in a scholar/teacher's career, and thus should be updated frequently.
How is a CV different from a resume?
The most noticeable difference between most CVs and most resumes is the length. Entry level resumes are usually limited to a page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to present it in as concise a manner as possible.) A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity, the goal of a CV is quite specifically to construct a scholarly identity. Thus, your CV will need to reflect very specifically your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.
What other resources are available for help with my curriculum vitae?
There are numerous useful resources, both online and in print. Here are a few.
The Curriculum Vitae Handbook by Rebecca Anthony and Gerald Roe (Rudi Publishing: Iowa City, 1994) includes sample CV's for various disciplines and tips for how to write CV's in various contexts.
The Academic Job Search Handbook (3rd Edition), by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick (who are the authors of the Chronicle's "CV Doctor" column) also provides sample cover letters and CV's"
*From the Purdue OWL's article "Writing the Curriculum Vitae" (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/01/)
What is Optimal Resume?
Optimal Resume is a subscription service with access provided through IWC. By going to https://iwc.optimalresume.com/ and loging in with your IWC credentials, you have access to:
- Resume, CV, and cover letter templates for all career levels
- Wording tips, samples, and suggestions
- Formatting help, including the ability to clone a resume, CV, or cover letter in order to tailor the documents to specific job openings
- The ability to upload your current resume in order to edit or change formatting easily
- The ability to download your new resume, CV, or coverletter in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word and PDF
What is Vitae?
Vitae is a free, online career resource for higher education professionals sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can create a free account to search for jobs, save your searches and create job alerts. It also allows for networking and you can upload documents to the site for easy application.
Types of Resumes
Consider using when:
- Your past experience is directly related
- You have a good work history with no time gaps
- You have not had numerous job changes
- Prior job titles or names of past employers are impressive
Functional Resume (sometimes called a curriculum vitae)
Consider using when:
- You are anew graduate with a limited work history
- You want to de-emphasize your work experience and focus on skills and strengths
- You are reentering the job market after an absence
- You are looking for anohter job in a very different field or industry
Consider using when:
- You want to emphasize tyransferable skills that are not necessarily related to specifc jobs, but can be used in a variety of situations