Those involved in the process of hiring new faculty should learn how to “read” CVs in order to more effectively evaluate job candidates, writes David D Perlmutter. The author explains that while academics are always asked for their CVs, administrators and search committees may not know what to look for in them. The author suggests designing and using a matrix of required and preferred qualifications to rank candidates to ensure fairness and a good fit. Perlmutter explains that aspects such as dissertation title or volunteer activities can reveal a candidate’s priorities. The CV additionally provides a look at a candidate’s career progress and momentum, provides examples of flexibility and agility, and highlights what the candidate will need to be successful in the position. Finally, Perlmutter explains that the CV can help committee members think of follow-up questions for the candidate.