Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Career Development | March 25, 2016
Need help with your resume or C.V.? Here are 15 helpful tips to help you communicate your career on paper.
Also, here is a C.V. template and resume template to help you get started. For examples, see James Rhodes, Mary Applebee, and April Bluebird.
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Top 15 Tips To Help Your Resume Stand Out
1. Your name
should stand out—Use bold to emphasize only the most important features of
professional contact information—Be sure you have a professional-sounding
voice message and a professional email address. You would be surprised how many
people don’t follow this advice.
3. Make sure
the section headers are clear and easy to read--Common resume sections
include personal info, objective summary education, work experience, special
skills, memberships/honors/awards, volunteer experience.
certifications as education not under awards—Certifications show ongoing
commitment to learning. Be sure not to just take online classes.
5. Have an
objective—Be sure to have an objective like “seeking position as an
elementary school teacher.” This allows a recruiter to quickly scan your resume
and also match you to other relevant positions.
6. Tailor each
resume to the job you are seeking—Resumes should be tailored to the job
outlined in the job description. Pay attention to the soft skills. If the job
description mentions “commitment to integrity” and “collaborative work
experience” be able to point it out in your resume. This could be shown by
attending the Spotlight on
Research Integrity workshop or by having examples of projects that you did
as a team. The hard skills get you in the door but the soft skills get you the
explanations for gaps in work experience—It’s ok to say “family leave”
with the dates specified.
volunteer experience—f you are new in your career and lack work
experience, be sure to include membership in community and campus organizations
along with volunteer experience. Often this can be the first question an
interviewer will ask because it shows what you are interested in.
9. Keep a
master list—Keep a master list of every activity you’ve ever done because
you never know if something is relevant. This also allows you to go through
what’s relevant for different jobs quickly.
10. Only send
resumes in pdf—You don’t want people to edit your resume. Also it’s much
easier for a recruiter to save a pdf than to open Microsoft Word file.
your resume to someone else for proofreading. You rarely find your own typos.
12. Put what
is relevant—If they ask for a CV, give them a CV. If they ask for
publications, be sure to have it in there. If not, don’t put extra sections.
Also don’t put basic skills which everyone might have like pipetting or western
blots, be sure to list specific skills that show that you would excel at the
job. Also, do not include references unless asked. It is preferred to leave them off so that you
can prepare your referees in advance.
what’s online—Google yourself and find what comes up. Also be sure to
PubMed yourself because research that you participated in while and
undergraduate and graduate student may have become a published article.
are ok but publications are better—It’s ok to include an abstract but if
you’ve presented your abstract at three places, pick one. If you’ve published
it than use that instead.
15. You don’t
have to include everything in a resume—While it’s important to keep a
master list, you don’t want to turn in your master list to an employer. Part of
job hunting is picking what’s relevant and taking off what’s not relevant, this
makes it easy for the recruiter to see that you have the skills and experience
needed for this job. For a CV you keep almost everything, but can remove some
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