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A résumé is a less comprehensive version of the curriculum vitae. It "allows" for different kinds of entries that address your broad work experience (e.g. camp counselor) and even your "interests" (e.g. scuba diving). The résumé is a genre that sells you as a comprehensive individual who is a potentially desirable member of a working "team."

The CV "sells" you as a budding professional, who has focus and ambitions in very specific directions (academia for our purposes). CVs follow fairly rigid formats, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be creative when it comes to trying to include items you think best represent you. For example, a category of "service" so you can foreground your work as a member of EGSA, or as "conference assitant" for a scholarly conference, etc.

Some informal DOs and DON'Ts

DO: Join at least one professional organization (the MLA or the PRSSA or ATTW).

DO: Prepare a list of references on a separate sheet complete with your name and contact info, as well as all the contact information of your references.

DO: Make sure that there is a running header on all of the pages of your letters & your CV.

DO: Use precise subject headers on your emails (that change with every response) and precise and informative file names to any materials you send.
        (e.g. Alan_Rauch_CV.pdf; Alan_Rauch_Reference_List.pdf)

DO: Send everything out FLAT! No folding and no "business envelopes"!

DO: Acknowledge concerns that potenial readers may have about your candidacy.

DO: Create a chart to document every place to which you're applying... indicating what they expect from you and who you have asked to write.

DO: Circulate a list of places to which you're applying to EVERY faculty member who you think is positively disposed to you.

DO: Correspond separately with a faculty member or the Chair (DGS) of a program to indicate your particular interest.

DON'T: Be "cute" or too "informal."

DON'T: Be TOO literal about requirements.

DON'T: Send writing samples that are too long.

DON'T: Apologize about anything if you can avoid it.

Below are links to my CV and my list of references
which are meant to serve as examples only! I'll explain them during our class workshop. I've also inserted links to the Excel Worksheet (also simply meant as an example) that I discussed at the Professional Development Seminar.
Alan's CV
Alan's List of References
Graduate School Application Worksheet (Excel - my example)
Graduate School Application Worksheet (Excel - "Clean" version)

Some Professional Organizations you Ought to Consider Joining

Links toScholarly Societies & Organizations (with Graduate Student Rates)


American Comparative Literature Association --$10

American Folklore Society - $35

Association for Computers and the Humanities - $64

ATDS - American Theatre and Drama Society - $20

ATTW - Association of Teachers of Technical Writing - $53

ASA – American Studies Association - $20

ASECS -- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies - $30

                  ASECS Graduate Caucus

CCCC -- College Composition and Communication - $20.00

ChLA - Children's Literature Association - $30

CEA – College English Association

MELUS - The Society for 
the Study of the
Multi-Ethnic Literature
 of the United States - $30

Keats-Shelley Society of America - $10

Milton Society of America -$10

MLAModern Language Association - $20

Marlowe Society -- £15

Narrative Society -- $21

National Communication Association - $60

NAVSA –North American Victorian Studies Association - $40

NASSR -- The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism - $41.50

Popular Culture Association -- $55

Shakespeare Studies Association -  $25

SHARP -- The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing --$20

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers  --$5

Society for the Study of Southern Literature - $10

SLSA -- Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts - $24

STC - Society for Technical Communication - $30


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