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Title: CVs and Resumes


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CVs and Resumes
  • Career Strategies Workshop
  • For
  • Graduate Students

September 30, 2003
2
Differences
Resume
Brief, concise document that presents, and
effectively demonstrates, your most relevant and
positive credentials.
Typically used for obtaining positions in
business or industry.
3
Curriculum Vita (CV)
A more extensive document that presents academic
and professional credentials.
Typically used by graduate students who are
applying for academic or teaching research
positions.
4
Similarities
Focused with relevant Information for the
position which is being sought.
Concisely written with a clean, easy to
read layout and format.
Require time, effort, and extensive review of
your background for effective results.
5
Resume is Used for
Positions in business and industry
Supplement to application materials for
Awards, grants or fellowships
Admission to graduate school Other
professional purposes
6
Categories
-Name
-Contact information
-Objective
-Education
-Experience
-Honors, Awards
-Activities, Interests, Community Involvement
-Special Skills
7
Formats
Chronological
Most common List most recent items first under
each category Good way to start developing your
resume
8
Formats (cont.)
Combination
Variations of the chronological resume
Use headings that best showcase background
Special Skills
Related Experience
Areas of Effectiveness
9
Formats (cont.)
Skills Resume
Same basic format, but combines skills developed
over a variety of experiences
Groups background by categories of skills
that relate to the job being sought
Seek advice from CCO staff if you are
developing this format
10
Layout
-Use Microsoft Word
-DO NOT USE the MS Word Resume template
-Avoid shaded backgrounds or tints
-Layout should not overpower content Watch
margins Watch fonts and fancy graphics that
are hard to read
-Layout should enhance content
11
Basic Resume Content Principles
Be Concise
Know your background
Explore each category of your resume know what
skills youve developed
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Emphasize Relevant Information
Analyze your experiences according to
-Skills developed
-Concepts learned
-Accomplishments
-Results
13
Make resume readable
-Important content should be first
-Remember 15-20 seconds
-Must capture interest within the first half
14
Make resume readable cont.
Use Proper Grammar
Avoid Spelling Errors
Use phrases instead of Complete sentences (avoid
use of I)
Normally one page in length
15
CV is used for
-Admission to graduate school
-Grant proposals
-Application to teaching, research, and higher
level administration positions in higher
education
-Publishing and editorial review boards
-Research and consulting positions
16
Categories for a CV
-Name
-Contact Information
-Education
-Master Thesis/PhD Dissertation
-Areas of concentration in graduate
courses/Research interests
-Research Experience
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Categories
-Teaching Experience
-Consulting Experience
-Internships/Field Work/Other
-Publications
-Professional Presentations
-Grants Received
-Professional Associations
18
Categories
-Committee Leadership Positions
-Certificates/Licenses
-Special Training
-Awards/Scholarships/Fellowships
-Foreign Study and Travel
-Language Skills
-Technical/Computer Skills
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Formats
-No one preferred format
-Content and format varies by discipline
-Know what is required in your academic field
Ask faculty in your department
Contact professional associations for
guidelines and examples
CCO staff can assist in overall appearance,
focus, and readability
20
Length of a CV
Length varies
-One to three pages for masters degree
candidates
-Two to five pages for doctoral degree
candidates
- Five or more pages for experienced
academician or researcher
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Length of a CV
Main advice on length
Focus with relevant information in a readable
format
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