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Your CV is boring February 14, 2009

Posted by gordonwatts in life, physics life.

My brother-in-law forwarded us an image of someone’s CV:


For comparison, here is what mine looks like:


Who would you hire!?



1. Arjen Dijksman - February 14, 2009

Inspiring! He must have taken a course by Edward Tufte.

2. Claire - February 14, 2009

Well, he _is_ in infographics after all 🙂

And I love how he includes coffee intake in his “daily intake & output” graph!

3. gordonwatts - February 14, 2009

Ha! Exactly — Tufte! And just how much did he have to measure that stuff in order to make that plot? 🙂

4. Arjen Dijksman - February 15, 2009

I think there must be some uncertainty in the measurement results. For example, “communication” and “humor” do not commute:-)

5. gordonwatts - February 15, 2009

Ha! True. And I got to thinking — all of our CV paper data is online – spires can extract it. You coudl do some key-word matching in the titles (or abstracts or whatever) and then plot those as a function of time… Not as cool as coffee intake/output…

6. Larry - February 17, 2009

So you worked with two-thirds of the GHK team (Guralnik and Hagen)?

7. gordonwatts - February 17, 2009

I never met or interacted with Guralnik, but did take classes from Hagen… But I didn’t work directly with him, just took quantum from him.

8. Larry - February 18, 2009

Ok, I saw Brown Univ. and thought I would ask.

9. gordonwatts - February 18, 2009

I see — Hagen I knew from Rochester, actually — he was a prof there when I was a grad student.

10. Larry - February 20, 2009

Right, I knew the U of R side – not the Brown side. Spent a lot of time in B&L bldg.

11. Gordon Watts - February 20, 2009

Ah – I see. Right — never met Guralnik. I was only at brown about 20% time over the first tow years I was there, and less than that for the next three (mostly living in Chicago).

12. Linaeceti - November 8, 2009

As for the question “who would you hire!?”, both documents are not comparable.

I really doubt any respectable academic institution would hire a scientist who sends in such an extra fancy CV like Mr. Anderson’s.

13. gordonwatts - November 9, 2009

Yeah – I agree. You have to live within the norms of your field. But you could stretch them. Someone who was very good, for example, could get away with that…

14. pardeep kumar - January 20, 2010

give me the some samples of cv

15. Borut - June 5, 2010

Which tool was used (could be used) to design such a CV?

16. Gordon Watts - June 5, 2010

I have no idea! But if you find a good one that makes it “easy” let me know!

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