# “Last updated…” on a CV?

Should one include a "Last updated on [DATE]" footer at the end of an academic CV? Why or why not?

(I would imagine that context matters. For example, perhaps it wouldn't be advised for a CV that I would submit as part of a job application, but perhaps it's worth including on the version of my CV that I post on my institutional website.)

• Usually the latest entry can tend to give an idea of how old a CV is, but does depend on how it is phrased... – Solar Mike Feb 11 at 20:54
• Don't forget to update your "last updated" date, if you use one! (Source: I've forgotten myself in the past... 🙄) – Federico Poloni Feb 11 at 22:45
• @FedericoPoloni: I use LaTeX for my CV. I add the following two lines to the end of my CV so that it automatically updates the date any time I compile it: \vfill (to make it go at the bottom of the last page) and \emph{Last updated {\today}.} to print the date when the document was compiled. – jvriesem Feb 11 at 23:08
• @jvriesem That is not a "last updated", it's a "last compiled", though. That's dangerously different (example: I recover a year-old version of my CV from a backup and recompile it). – Federico Poloni Feb 11 at 23:10
• @jvriesem: LaTeX's \today yields (exactly? almost?) the same date-and-time that pdflatex puts in the PDF metadata anyway. I wouldn't clutter up the CV with it; it doesn't feel particularly relevant. – darij grinberg Feb 12 at 4:19

• @GeoffreyBrent File names work for .pdf CVs too. Why not include the date in both the file name and content? – Thomas Feb 12 at 7:21