As a first step to address recent recruiting challenges in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association (CRA) launched the CV Database initiative in Fall 2018. This initiative provides a database of candidates for academic and industrial/government laboratory research positions. It is searchable by most CRA member institutions.
CRA has reviewed usage data from the first year application cycle and made adjustments to improve the user experience and process. For example, to reduce the data entry load on applicants, the following adjustments have been made: (a) an application is considered complete when it contains a CV and a statement, (b) endorsement by the candidate’s advisor/endorser is no longer required, and (c) Masters institution information has been omitted. The CRA CV Database has add signaling mechanisms:
- Each candidate will have a few (e.g., 5) tokens to signal preferences for job-opportunities.
- In March 2020, a “Still looking” checkbox was added and filled out by candidates to let recruiters know if they were still actively searching for positions. CRA will continue using this feature.
The CV Database is now open for the 2020-21 recruiting season. It can be accessed through https://cra.org/cv-database/. Candidates are able to upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a short presentation video. Recruiters will be able to search this information and are encouraged to contact candidates.