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									 Resumes & CVs
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   Resumes vs CVs
   Purpose of a Resume
   Purpose of a CV
   Resume Formats & Content
   CV Formats & Content
   Differences Between a CV and a Resume
   Resume/CV Dos and Don’ts
   Cover Letters
   Research Statements
    Resumes vs Curriculum Vitae (CVs)
   Resumes are required for an Industry Job Search
   Resumes are the written inventory of your work
    experience and accomplishments, skill set, career
    and educational highlights
   CVs are required by environments that demand
    doctoral degrees – SAM communities
   CVs are a chronological representation of
    credentials - “the course of one’s life”
    A Resume and its Purpose
 Marketing Tool
 Key component in the job search process
 To get you an interview
 Resumes are as unique and individual as
  the individuals they represent
 Tailored to the specific job
          A CV and its Purpose
   Important piece of documentation
   Key component in the search for scientific,
    academic, or medical positions
   Usually accompanied by a cover letter and a
    research statement
   To highlight your credentials
   CV follows a specific structure
   Only one version of a CV is enough
               Resume Formats
   Reverse Chronological – Lists your experiences
    in reverse chronological order, beginning with most
    recent position
   Functional –    Promotes and headlines skills and
    accomplishments, without emphasizing where or when
    you developed those skills
   Combination –       Utilizes reverse chronological order
    as well as organizes experiences in order of importance
      The Four Ws of a Resume?
   What opportunity are you seeking?
   What is your specific background that relates to
    this opportunity?
   What are the roles, relevant work experiences
    and education that provided you with this
   What are your unique accomplishments?
     Resume Guidelines/Length
   Easy to read – Resume should be in a
    consistent format and the reader should have a
    clear understanding of who you are
   Easy to find out what you are good at –
  effective formatting, clear articulate language
  and pertinent information will enable the
  reader to access what is important
 Length of Resume – Keep your resume
  concise – make every word count – 2 page
         Resume Headings
 Contact Information
 Profile Summary Skill Set vs. Objective
 Work Experience
 Education
 Professional Associations and Membership
        Use Words Carefully
 Avoid use of confusing terms or acronyms
 Avoid use of long sentences or paragraphs
 Focus on concise factual statements
 Emphasize hard skills, e.g. computer
  software applications
 Focus on specific action verbs
              Resume Content

   Show a progressive history of success (increased
    responsibilities, promotions, etc)
   Address specific accomplishments – PAR
   Identify your unique achievements within
   Provide metrics that support these
PAR – Example
   Project: Recognized a need for an interactive
    videodisc/computer database for students and faculty
   Action: Analyzed database and procedural requirements
    and designed an interactive tool
   Result: Installed in MIT Libraries

   Putting it all together: Identified the need for and led
    the design and delivery of a database project which
    resulted in easier access of information for faculty,
    students and staff through MIT Libraries
PAR Statement Practice
   1. Think about an accomplishment or project
    that you wish to include in your resume. With a
    partner, describe the issue or challenges that
    you addressed

   2. Write down the following:
     (P)   What was the issue and subsequent project
     (A)   What actions you took using action verbs
     (R)   The result or impact of the project
              CV Formats
 Academic CV
 Executive CV
 International CV
          CV Guidelines/Length
   Easy to Read – line item presentation of your
    credentials and academic history
   Must haves
     Professional Address
     Educational History
     Honors and Awards
     Publications
     References
   Length of CVs – no restrictions; 5 - 10 pages is
                      CV Headings
   Contact Information
   Education/Doctoral Dissertation
   Medical or Academic Posts
   Research – with mentors and institutions
   Publications
   Teaching
   Presentations
   Honors and Awards
   Appointments
   Committees
   Other activities
        References – Resume vs CV
   Not included or required in a Resume – can be an

   Typically required and listed in a CV – very important
    piece of information for in academic searches

   Consistent list between CV and applications for
    academic positions
       Up to 5 reference letters are required in academic searches
       Post Doc mentor and Ph. D. mentor come first – most important
         Differences – Resume vs CV
Category       Curriculum Vitae                       Resume
Essence        A full list of your professional and   A summary of your experience
               educational history                    and skills that are most
                                                      pertinent to the job

Length         Not restricted; 5 - 10 – optimum
               for a seasoned academic                1 to 2 pages

Usage          SAM/Science – Academia - Medical       Every other type of job outside
               positions                              of academia and research

Publications   Yes – full list                        Rarely

Style and      Not important; content matters         Very important/Make it easy to
                                                      read and follow
Number of      One is enough/minor                    Many version/Tailor to each job
               modifications are OK                   of interest
References     Yes                                    No
    Do Not's of Resumes & CVs
 Do not include personal information in
  resume or academic CV
 Do not send a photograph
 Do not embellish your resume/CV with
  false statements
 Do not use full sentences or pronouns
 Do not use abbreviations or acronyms
       Don’t be Shy to Share
   Obtain an objective review of your resume/CV
   Share your resume/CV with a colleague in the
    specific department that you are targeting for a
   Keep updating resume and CV
   Be true to the facts
Cover Letters – Industry Job Search
   Cover Letter + Resume = Industry Job
     Paragraph  1 – Express interest in opportunity
      + How you found out about it
     Paragraph 2 – What you have to offer to the
      potential employer; specific matches
      between your qualifications and the job
     Paragraph 3 – Follow up and Next Steps
      Cover Letters –Academic Job
   Cover Letter + CV = Academic Job Search
     Paragraph  1 – Express interest in opportunity
      + funding situation
     Paragraphs 2/3 – Work/mentors as a Post Doc
      + work/mentors as a Ph.D.
     Paragraph 4 – Future research focus
     Paragraph 5 – Follow up and Next Steps
    Research Statements – Academic
              Job Search
   Research Summary
   Graduate Research (mentor + lab)
   Post Doctoral Research (mentor + lab)
   Future Research Plans (may include abstracts)
   Optimum is 3-5 pages; may be more if abstracts
    are included
   Educational Plan/Teaching Plan may also be

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• Follow up:
     Bori Stoyanova
     Lynette Jones

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