Do you want to have a CV that can get you a PhD position?

The best way to prepare your CV…

๐Ÿ. ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ: In the personal information section at the top of your CV, include links to your online profiles such as google scholar, LinkedIn, DBLP, homepage, and research gate. It will help the assessor to view your profile via a familiar forum.

๐Ÿ. ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ: After the personal information section, mention your 4-5 research areas such as machine learning, cyber security, big data analytics, and so on. This directly shows whether or not your profile is relevant to the advertised position.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐๐จ ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ฌ: Do not include paragraphs in your CV. It makes it hard to read. Instead of paragraphs, include concrete bullet points.

PhD students โ€” Do this and 90% of your PhD problems will disappear.

๐Ÿ’. ๐๐จ ๐จ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ: Often students mention one big paragraph at the start as an objective/aim. This is not required as the assessor already knows the position for which you have applied. Hence, this becomes redundant.

๐Ÿ“. ๐‡๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ค:ย  As much as possible, add hyperlinks. For example, you can add links to your university, your workplaces, and so on. This helps the assessor to directly check where you studied or worked.

๐Ÿ”. ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ฌ:ย  If you have something in your profile that makes you unique, bring it to the first page. For example, if you are a gold medalist in your undergraduate or you have won some programming competition, add them as achievements on the first page. This will make you stand out in comparison to other applicants.

๐Ÿ•. ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: If you have publications even under review, do mention them upfront. If the papers are already online, add a link to each paper so that the assessor can directly check it out. Add all relevant details to each publication such as journal/conference ranking and impact factors.

๐Ÿ–. ๐๐จ ๐Œ๐’ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ:ย  Do not share or submit your CV in MS word format. It does not look good even at times MS word formatting is distorted. Submit or share your CV in PDF format.

๐Ÿ—. ๐Œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž:ย  If you have undertaken IELTS/TOEFL kinds of tests, do mention your scores. These English scores are one of the admission requirements and help a professor in student selection.

PhD students โ€” How to 10x your PhD productivity?

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐€๐ฌ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‚๐•: At least ask 2 experienced people to review your CV. This will help to polish your CV by removing any typos, grammar, and evident issues.

 

Writer: Faheem Ullah
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Australia

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