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Adding an Addendum to a CV

If you are a scientist, a medical doctor or a university professor then you are likely to have two important lists which are essential for your credibility in your particular fields.

The first is your list of publications. In many sectors of these fields it is important to have published the results of researches, often co-authored with other experts. There is an established protocol for the way in which these are set out and many add to their lists year on year as their work and careers progress.

The second list is of the national and international conferences to which people are invited as keynote speakers. All experts are invited to speak about their expertise at numerous events or venues from school classrooms upwards. The conferences referred to here are recognised annual or occasional gatherings of national or global experts. The implication is that you too are a recognised expert if you are invited to make one of the keynote speeches.

We come across CVs that have many pages of Publications and Conferences – one such recent offering ran to 29 pages. Who is going to have time to read that? We were able to reduce the CV to five crisp pages the fourth page being publications and the fifth listed the conferences.  The trick is to prioritise your lists and prune them, if humanly possible, to not more than one page each. These lists can always be adjusted for any particular application to ensure that the most relevant information, likely to appeal to the reader, is prominently displayed.

Scientists include not just people at lab benches. Within this come many computer experts who have a wide ranging detailed knowledge of their subject because of development work they carry out. Their addenda is less likely to be on Publications and Conferences but to list all the platforms and programmes with which they are familiar. Because the initial screening of many CVs is done using Wordsearch it is very important that all the relevant buzzwords appear in their addenda.

The importance of these addenda is that they do not easily fit into the main body of the CV which focuses on skills and achievements and the chronology of your life. At the end of the CV they reinforce those skills and achievements and to the expert reader often add the ‘wow’ factor. ‘I didn’t realise he/she had written that or been at that conference. I must meet him/her.’

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