I'm a postdoc in computer science applying for tenure-track faculty positions. I look at the websites of people who are in similar positions to mine and about half of them include a link to the person's CV, research statement, and teaching statement. I'm wondering whether I should put these documents on my website.

What are the pros and cons of publicly posting your CV and research/teaching statements on your website?

I see little upside or downside to this. Would this help me on the job market at all? Would there be a potential downside? It feels a little like sharing too much information with the world.

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    I'd not put teaching statements or research statements on-line, since then you do enable unethical people to cherry-pick good-sounding stuff from them, in competition with you. In contrast, your CV is a statement of fact. Nov 22, 2017 at 1:06
  • @paulgarrett Until you get the job at least. Some professors do put their successful materials online.
    – user71659
    Nov 22, 2017 at 1:37
  • @user71659 which is handy for those of us still trying! Nov 22, 2017 at 4:49
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    I am a soon-to-be-postdoc, and my CV is the #2 most visited page on my website (right after the index, obviously), for what it's worth.
    – user9646
    Nov 22, 2017 at 12:37

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TLDR: It may help slightly, but really doesn't make too much difference.

As with many things in academia, and other fields, different people will have different opinions on this. I, like you, was never one to want my CV or research/teaching statements out there for the whole world to read, and I never did it, though I had the "most important" information from my CV on my webpage already (e.g., publication list, where I did my PhD).

From the hiring side, I occasionally look at applicants' webpages (though usually don't) but I look at things like CVs and research statements from our online application system (in math, we use a central site called mathjobs), so it would make no difference for me reviewing your application. Part of the reason for this is convenience---it's easier to look at everything in one place, and one of the things I most want to look at are your letters of recommendation, for which I have to go through the application system.

That said, I think there can be a slight advantage for putting your CV and your research statement online, and it is this. If someone is already looking at your webpage (either because they saw you applied, or for random other reasons), and they want to find out more about you, it's easier for them to look at your CV/research statement directly from your webpage, i.e., there's a higher probability they will look at these things. So there's a greater chance they will get interested in you as a job candidate. Potentially, this could result in solicitations for you to apply to positions you aren't aware of/didn't apply to, but I don't know how common this is in CS---in math in the US, most types of positions tend to be well advertised and easy to apply to with mathjobs.

But, I don't think this will affect your odds so greatly that you should feel you have to do these things. (Also, I don't see any disadvantage to posting them, though probably there's no need to post a teaching statement.) This is especially true if you have the info you want to advertise to most people on your webpage already (e.g., publications, academic history, maybe a short research blurb, ...).

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