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What should I do if I discover the job posted at the institution for which I had submitted my CV but they didn't contact me?

You are assuming a degree of organization that most institutions just do not have. You lose nothing by formally applying to the new position.
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Can I write "paper accepted without revisions" on a CV?

I would most readily assume that a paper accepted without revisions went through some fairly lackadaisical peer review rather than being so perfect that experts in the field couldn't find a single ...
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

So, you put it on your CV, the future employer does what employers do and phones the institution to check details of awards, years etc. BOOM - the institution does not confirm you were "top of the ...
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Should I talk about my single "failed" course in SOP (failed due to a disturbing reason)?

Here's how you can address this: I was a victim of a major crime during [month]. This interfered with my studies during [time period]. This is unlikely to recur. I have subsequently done/will do [...
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What should I do if I discover the job posted at the institution for which I had submitted my CV but they didn't contact me?

Apply! “We will save your CV in case of new openings” is mostly meaningless HR phraseology meant to reduce the sting of rejection, not only at universities but across industries. In general, employers ...
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Photo requirement on CV?

I have never seen a photo on CV to be a requirement (although the fact that is included in parenthesis might implicitly mean that is optional?) My interaction with colleagues in Europe (especially ...
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Can I write "paper accepted without revisions" on a CV?

Do NOT add a remark that a paper was accepted "without revisions" to any of your application documents. The ease of getting a paper published is rarely an indicator of its quality. It is ...
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Valuing coding over physics, how can I address this in applications?

I do not particularly care if this is in sub-field A or B. Afterall, the programming part of the job became my passion, yet I still like the relation to the science field. If this is true, you might ...
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Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter or CV?

I see no ethical problems with this whatsoever. One has to understand most academic ethical principles through the lens of academic society. In particular the belief that academic writing should ...
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Can I write "paper accepted without revisions" on a CV?

No, you shouldn't do this. It will just come across as though you're trying to pad out your CV.
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Photo requirement on CV?

This is not uncommon when you have a large pool of applicants, because makes it easier to identify you vs other candidates. It is likely that this approach has been adopted for all recruitment at ...
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Should I talk about my single "failed" course in SOP (failed due to a disturbing reason)?

No. You are understandably deeply disturbed by that whole episode... BUT other people can understand that you had some distraction that negatively affected your work without your going into any detail ...
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should I include offer letter from a different institution in my application for a faculty position

I think that it would be unwise to include a copy of an offer in another application. But whether you inform them of the existence of an offer is a bit more subtle. I doubt that anyone will rush to ...
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Is it okay to mention my country's situation in PhD applications?

It’s generally okay to mention it, and any person with a heart is going to feel sympathy for your situation. But it’s important that you understand that this will have zero effect on your chances of ...
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Photo requirement on CV?

In many countries (UK, US) it's very unusual and possibly illegal to request a photo on a CV and it's very rare that people put one spontaneously. In Switzerland however, it's still pretty much ...
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

For many jobs, willingness to keep confidential information confidential is essential, far more important than class rank. If a potential employer finds out during a background check that you ...
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Cover letter: "I" or "we"? I did almost all the research and most of the writing

Use the plural when referring to the paper and its content. No exceptions. "Our paper", "we used", etc. I have never seen a multi-author paper referred to with the singular. Readers will either ...
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should I include offer letter from a different institution in my application for a faculty position

To be blunt and clear, if anyone had done this on any of the previous hiring committees I have been on, we would have rejected them instantly. They would not have even been long-listed, let alone ...
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Photo requirement on CV?

Several countries in Europe do this, although it is becoming less common due to the obvious problems with bias, so you should not treat it as an extraordinary request. What will happen if you do not ...
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Is it okay to mention my country's situation in PhD applications?

You need to be careful in how you phrase it. In some ways, a PhD application is similar to a job application. You need to convince people that you are the best person for the position. After reading ...
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Can I write "paper accepted without revisions" on a CV?

Bad idea. Personally, I much prefer having constructive comments than no comment at all from a reviewer, so in my mind a paper accepted without review is just one that was not improved as a result ...
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Letterhead in application letters for tenure-track in computer science in USA?

I've served for 15 years on my (top-5 US computer science) department's faculty recruiting committee, including three as committee chair. At least in my department, whether your cover letter uses ...
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May I use my graduate school's letterhead right after graduating, when applying to jobs?

No you may not. The use of an official letterhead implies not only a current affiliation with the university, but it some countries and contexts also implies that the correspondence is for official ...
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Should I mention in my PhD application that I'm quitting my job in a month to spend time learning about the subject?

From the admissions perspective, it shows dedication but also chutzpah in a bad way. Many competitive programs have an admissions rate between 5-20%. Even if you are a strong candidate, it is not ...
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What motivates requiring a diversity statement from minority applicants?

The purpose of a diversity statement is typically how you approach the diversity of others in the classroom (whether neurodiverse, physical, economic, or ethnic) and how your own research concerns ...
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Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter or CV?

I'd say that given a single typo is enough to get your resume thrown out, it would be extraordinarily unprofessional NOT to have your work proofread. That said, after crazy numbers of people had ...
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Mathematics application cover letter, one page or two

My (limited) understanding is that longer cover letters are more common in the humanities and social sciences. I've been on multiple hiring committees for tenure-track assistant professors at a mid-...
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Photo requirement on CV?

It's just a matter of cultural standard. While including a photo may occur "mildly strange" to you (probably from a US background?) it is, for instance, in Germany as normal as stating your given ...
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