Oh, and did we mention that she is a huge chocolate fanatic? So you know that she will likely always have an epic snack supply on hand. SRB Room Drop-in hours:. As I began to consider career options after graduate school, I realized that I had been pretty diligent about keeping a current curriculum vitae CV detailing my academic accomplishments but that my resume, while functional, definitely needed some TLC. A CV is a pretty straightforward document, made even more straightforward by the fact that it is intended to be comprehensive — even exhaustive.
However, I found that keeping my CV up-to-date was kind of like writing in a journal — just add stuff as it happens and occasionally go back to reflect on and refine previous experiences. A resume, however, is a whole different beast. It has to be lean, mean, and eye-catching.
I had been coasting along with what I thought was a halfway-decent resume, but as I began to consider non-academic career options, I realized I needed a document that not only accounted for my relevant experience but also showcased the type of employee that I hoped to be: In addition to the conference workshop, UCHRI arranged for me to have a one-on-one virtual session with Jared a few weeks after the conference.
During this session, Jared walked me through the different parts of my resume and helped me figure out the best ways to frame my professional experience. Cristian Carrara As with many instructional experiences, parts of it were game-changing I could use prose? I could have an addendum? Below, I summarize some of the guiding principles that helped me reimagine and redesign my resume, and I provide a before-and-after comparison to show how I implemented these principles.
Job description analy sis. But it was so worth it. It may also be useful for people who want to take stock of their skill set or just get a general sense of what potential employers are looking for. For my hypothetical job description analysis, I culled job ads from two different industries: I then meticulously went through a handful of job ads that seemed like things I would enjoy doing and pulled out all of the functions, skills, and areas of expertise that the jobs required, ultimately producing a spreadsheet of information I could compare and synthesize.
Next, I made my bucket list. Buckets are beautiful things. The bucket categories emerge as a result of the job description analysis and are applied to your professional experience as a way to highlight common themes and capabilities that demonstrate how well-suited you are for a job. Sheep R Us You may have lots of buckets that cover the range of duties you performed at a particular job, but when you go to produce a targeted resume for a particular job, you will likely narrow it down to about three to five bucket categories for each job.
Have a ma ster. I find it helpful to have a master read: That way, when I go to apply for a particular job, I can just pick and choose and pare down from the information in my master copy. Back to pr ose. I had always thought that a resume was little more than a bunch of headings with bulleted lists underneath. Full sentences were out. Punctuation — no way. Well, it turns out it is not that straightforward, and I found that being open to well-structured and well-formatted prose can be very liberating and reader-friendly on a resume.
Addendum — or not. This is a judgment call. Jared noted that, particularly for graduate students and recent Ph. Find the right d esign. This part I did largely through trial and error and in consultation with some very helpful family members — shout out!
In the end, I opted for a more modern design that utilized subtle color, white space, and horizontal dividers to organize information. Everyone has different aesthetic tastes, but the driving force behind the design of your resume should be readability — and by that I mean skim-ability, because your resume will be looked over only briefly to begin with.
This piece originally appeared on the Humanists Work blog and is reprinted here with permission. He argues that asking this question is especially important for Ph. In building a resume, Barber recommends that academics not necessarily start from a CV because it tends to show only one or two versions of the writer: With resumes, there are many more versions of yourself that you can create depending on where you want to put the emphasis in terms of skills, experience, and knowledge.
It's important to remember that you always use multiple skills in whatever you do, but your job in a resume is to draw attention to the skills that are most relevant to the reader. A little bit of "verbal origami" is all you need to achieve this. You can think of verbal origami as the process of taking one of your skills-based experience bullet points from your resume and verbally folding and refolding it so that it can emphasize different skills for the different positions you might be applying to.
Consider the following three examples, which all capture the same experience but fold it in different ways:. The first option emphasizes the skill of creating, which would be ideal if the job description mentioned something about being creative, innovative, or showing outside the box thinking. The second example shows an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, focusing in more detail on quantifiable elements that make the team feel like real people in a real-life context.
The third "folding" increases the visibility of the technical skills involved in the project and adds an outcome, demonstrating how effective the applicant's skill is.
To read the full article and find out how to make your resume read better than the Twilight books , click here. Jasper Johns As graduate students and scholars, we are often taught to be comprehensive, self-promoting, and verbose. This works just fine for crafting a 4- to 8-page curriculum vitae CV , but when it comes to writing a resume for a job outside of academia, the industry shibboleth is relevance. Employers want to know only what makes you specifically qualified for a particular job and they want to be able to find that information quickly.
The workshop, which is part of the ongoing Graduate Student Career Series, emphasized three main things when composing a resume: Additionally, group sessions on different topics are frequently offered and students can relax for awhile in the "Egg Chair," which has become a student-celebrated part of campus.
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Cover letters are never optional. It is a chance to show the reader the person behind the accomplishments, to make a personal connection between the reader and your background. Research both the job description and company before writing the cover letter.
Have a firm understanding of what the position will entail and what the company does. Whenever possible try writing to an individual by name. You may be able to find out the name through your research or you can simply call the company and ask who the letter should go to.
Don't make the reader guess what you are asking for; be specific. Clearly communicate why you are writing. When writing the body of your cover letter call attention to your relevant experience and knowledge. Be as specific as possible and provide examples. Get your cover letter critiqued by one of our counselors; no appointment necessary! You can also find this handout in the Career Resource Room.
Writing samples are something that an employer may request in order to get a sense of your written communication skills. They are general only necessary for jobs that involve writing, but employers may request them regardless of the position. Skip to main content. Remember the goal is to create a document which stands out in the stack because it is well designed, consistently formatted, clear, clean, and easy to read. Avoid a text heavy document. Use bullet points instead of paragraphs to outline key accomplishments.
Point size should ideally be between and consistent throughout, with the exception of headings and your name which need to stand out.
This is the central element on which the content of the résumé is based. Because job titles vary from company to company, think of what you want to do (function), at what level (entry, trainee, middle management, etc.) and in what setting (financial institution, aerospace industry, etc.).
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