Vilka skriver tjusiga cv:n?

Bildresultat för cv

Man kan skilja på faktiska meriter och det sätt på vilket man väljer att presentera sina meriter. Detta är ämnet för en ny studie, ”Self-Esteem, Self-Symbolizing and Academic Recognition: Behavioral Evidence from Curricula Vitae”, som finner:

To provide new evidence on the empirically challenging aspect of measuring self-esteem, we collect written CV content from over 500 influential economics scholars and use such self-presentation modes as absolute and relative font sizes and typographic emphasis of author name on the CV’s front page to derive proxies for self-symbolizing behavior. Our analysis of these factors provides empirical support for the symbolic self-completion proposition that goal accomplishment reduces the need to self-symbolize. In particular, we find that receiving an education from a top 20 ranked university reduces the need to self-symbolize even when the scholars work for a non-top 20 university after earning the doctorate. On the other hand, major academic awards or honors do not seem to affect self-symbolizing behavior, which is also negatively correlated with activities having an external (e.g., policy-focused) social impact. Scholars with a higher h-index are also less inclined to self-symbolize, while being ranked in the Coupé top 1000 has no impact. Hence, despite some evidence of non-linearity, academic maturity shows a tendency (albeit not a robust one) to reduce the need to self-symbolize.

Studien kan väl sägas ge stöd åt det gamle talesättet ”tomma tunnor skramlar mest”. Ett inte helt oväntat resultat. En vidare fråga är om ”self-symbolizing” fungerar och, i så fall, bland vilka mottagare? Gissningsvis bland personer som själva inte har så mycket substans att komma med. Duktiga personer ser nog igenom försök av andra att framställa sig som duktiga.

Här är förresten mitt cv. Jag bör kanske fundera igenom font, fontstorlek och andra typografiska aspekter…