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Title: What Goes in a Resume or CV Case Western Reserve University Career Center Kimberly Paik September 25

What Goes in a Resume or CV? Case Western
Reserve UniversityCareer Center / Kimberly
PaikSeptember 25, 2008
  • What is a resume?
  • What is a CV?
  • Uses / purposes
  • Basic principles
  • Sections / content areas
  • Tips on preparing an effective document

What is a resume/CV?
  • A key part of your job search
  • A summary of work experiences and qualifications
  • A genuine writing project
  • A marketing tool what can you sell the

A resume/CV should
  • Get you more, high quality interviews
  • Give employers their first impression of your
    professional talents
  • Market your skills and abilities
  • Catch an employers attention
  • Answer key questions

What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
  • Primary differences are the length, the content
    and the purpose.
  • A resume is a one or two page summary of your
    skills, experience and education. A goal of
    resume writing is to be brief and concise since,
    at best, the resume reader will spend a minute or
    so reviewing your qualifications.
  • A CV is a longer (two or more pages), more
    detailed synopsis. It includes a summary of your
    educational and academic backgrounds as well as
    teaching and research experience, publications,
    presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and
    other details.

What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
  • The curriculum vitae (also referred to as the
    vita or CV) is a summary of an individuals
    educational background and experience as related
    to the interests of academia.
  • CV displays your academic credentials and
    accomplishments in great detail.
  • The CV is used when applying for teaching and
    administrative positions in academia or for a
    fellowship or grant.
  • A resume is used to summarize an individuals
    education and experiences related to a specific
    career objective in the public or private sector.

Uses and Purposes
  • Job Search Tool The purpose of a Resume / CV is
    to land an interview
  • A CV can also be used for these purposes
  • supporting document with a grant or contract
    funding proposal
  • requirement for an annual review by your employer
  • requirement with an application for membership in
    a professional society / organization
  • background statement for an introduction at an
    important convention presentation.

Basic Principles Layout
  • Pages name and page number on each page except
    the first
  • Do NOT use a template
  • Double-check for spelling and grammatical errors
  • Paper Size 8 ½ x 11 / Margins .5 - 1
  • Font Size 10-12 (11 is often ideal) Ink black
  • Format use boldface to highlight information,
    but be consistent in your use
  • Design leave enough white space so it is easy to
  • Use a laser printer, avoid colored inks
  • Do not staple
  • Use bond, neutral colored paper
  • Keep format simple

Resume / CV Know-How
  • How do I grab the employers attention?
  • Easy to read
  • Logical flow
  • Focused on accomplishments
  • PAR statements
  • Targeted to reader

Key Points The Dos
  • Clean format that is easy to read/easy to scan
  • Most important information first
  • Choose strong headings
  • Stress results, skills, and accomplishments
    rather than duties
  • Write to an outsider
  • Use consistent tense
  • Begin sentences with action verbs
  • Laser print on quality paper

Key Points The Donts
  • 1 mistake???? ERRORS!!!
  • Do not include personal information
  • Avoid personal pronouns
  • Vague, poorly focused
  • Dont include the word resume or CV at top
  • Photo
  • Salary history
  • Reason you left your previous position

Possible Categories of a Resume / CV
  • Identifying Information
  • Summary
  • Education
  • Research Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Work Experience
  • Skills
  • Activities, Honors, Awards
  • Service
  • Publications / Presentations
  • What categories suit you?

Identifying Information
  • Name
  • Permanent address
  • Temporary address (if applicable)
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

  • A clear, concise statement describing your
    skills/experience and expressing your goal
  • Gives structure
  • Be specific
  • 3 ways to focus
  • Knowledge, experience or skills offered
  • Job function (position) desired
  • Organization type, industry, or field desired

Sample Summaries
  • PhD candidate in Environmental Science with 9
    years of work experience in forest and prairie
    ecology seeking faculty position.
  • Doctoral candidate in Biochemistry with 10 years
    of experience in the healthcare industry.
    Skilled in project management, research, and
    facilitating presentations. Seeking consulting
  • PhD candidate in Operations Research with
    research experience in Scheduling, Linear/Integer
    programming, Statistics, Logistics and
    Combinatorial Optimization. Research interests
    include Forecasting, Revenue Management,
    Inventory Management and Simulation.

  • University and degree(s)
  • Graduation Date
  • Majors Minors
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Can include honors or separate section
  • Date of completion

Dissertation / Thesis
  • Date dissertation will be finished.
  • Dates describing your current status (Completed
    coursework, June 20xx, Passed qualifying exam,
    March, 20xx).
  • Provide the title and a brief description of your
    work, its framework, your conclusions, your

Sample Education
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, May 2012
  • Dissertation title
  • Advisor
  • Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, May
  • Thesis title
  • Advisor
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
    May 2006
  • Multiple Scholarship Recipient, Deans List

Sample Education
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, May 2012
  • Dissertation XXX
  • Advisor Persons name
  • GPA 3.6 / 4.0
  • Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA
  • M.S. in Chemistry, May 2008
  • GPA 3.5 / 4.0
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, May 2006
  • Minor in Biology
  • Studied abroad for 3 weeks in South Africa
  • GPA 3.5 / 4.0

  • Company Location
  • Title Dates
  • Action goal / result
  • Action skill developed
  • Include job title, the name of the
    employer/institution, your responsibilities and
    accomplishments, dates.
  • You may want to divide the experience into
    Teaching and Research
  • Stress what you contributed and accomplished
    using verb/active skills
  • Delivered 8 class lectures on composite
    materials and developed 5 supporting problem sets
    and a midterm examination versus
  • Responsibilities included preparing class
    lectures, homework assignment, and exams.
  • Developed and implemented a scholarship plan
    which increased membership grade point average
    through use of study groups.

  • Research Experience
  • Postdoctoral Research Environmental Science
    Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
  • (research advisor Dr. Stephen H. Smith)
  • Developed a quantitative theory of hierarchical
    structure in ecological systems.
  • Analyzed how ecological communities reflect
    environmental heterogeneity at different scales.
  • Completed a numerical study of foraging behavior
    with short and long range movement in
    heterogeneous environments.
  • Doctoral Research Department of Biological
    Sciences, Stanford University, 1999-2004
  • (research advisor Dr. Jane Advisorname)
  • Studied the impact of avian predation on lizards
    in the eastern Caribbean. Documented the
    importance of differences in spatial scale
    between prey and predators.
  • Completed analysis that demonstrates how species
    interaction can sharpen underlying environmental
    patterns and how heterogeneous environments can
    stabilize predator and prey populations.
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Department of
    Biochemistry, Northwestern University, 1995-1999
  • (research advisor Dr. Advisor Name)
  • Investigated primary events of bacterial

  • Teaching Experience
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KansasDepartment
    of Cell BiologyAssistant Professor (tenure
    track), Summer 2005 to present Assistant
    Professor, acting (tenure track), 2004-2005
  • University of Illinois, Chicago,
    IllinoisDepartment of Biology Adjunct
    Instructor, Spring 2004
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IllinoisDepartment
    of NeuroscienceVisiting Instructor, Fall 2003
    to Spring 2004Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2002 to
    Spring 2003
  • University of IowaDepartment of Biochemistry
    Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, Fall 1997 to
    Fall 2000 Summer 2001

  • Computer
  • Technical
  • Laboratory
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Language

Sample Skills
  • Protein and biochemical cell fractionation,
    enzyme assays, protein phosphorylation assays,
    atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Proficient with SolidWorks (CAD software), C,
    MatLab, MetaFluor, PageMaker
  • Advanced experience with SPSS and Microsoft Excel
  • Fluent in French and Arabic
  • What is relevant?

Activities, Honors
  • Professional Associations
  • Leadership Roles
  • Clubs
  • Include only if active member

Professional Associations
  • College Art Association, 2000-Present
  • Modern Language Association, 2004-2006
  • College Art Association Historians of
    Netherlandish Art Association of Art Historians
    ICOM (International Council of Museums) ICFA
    (Fine Arts Committee) Sixteenth Century Studies
    Society Renaissance Society of America

  • Receipt of competitive assistantships,
    scholarships, fellowships, teaching or research
  • Award, Date

University Service
  • Curriculum Committee, Visual Culture Studies
    Research Cluster, 2002-present.
  • Humanities Center, Advisory Committee, invited
    for 2006-2007.
  • Department Representative to University Senate,
  • Faculty Mentor for First-Year Undergraduate
    Research Scholars Program, 2005.
  • Faculty mentor for Undergraduates creating the
    first independent major in XXX.

  • Publications listed in standard biographic form,
    classified by type (journal and conference).
  • See examples.

  • Title of Presentation, Genetics Conference,
    Northwestern University, October 2006.
  • Be consistent!!

Tips for Success
  • The very best CVs are drafted with particular
    applications in mind, and clearly targeted
  • As you prepare your CV, think about what the
    organization is likely to value
  • the quality and quantity of your research
    (achievement and potential)
  • your previous experience
  • the ways you have added value to your current
    job or department and made your presence felt
  • your education

  • On separate page from resume
  • At least 3 to support your candidacy
  • Talk with your references FIRST
  • Bring to interview
  • Include all particulars (name, title, company,
    address, phone, email)

  • Dr. Jane Smith, Professor
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • 206 Sears
  • Cleveland, Ohio 44106
  • 216-368-5555
  • email_at_case.edu
  • Dr. Somebody Jones, Assistant Professor
  • Department of Biology
  • Ohio State University
  • XXX Building
  • Columbus, Ohio 43214
  • 614-555-5555
  • email_at_osu.edu

Resources / Websites
  • http//chronicle.com/jobs/tools/cvdoctor/2007/01.h
  • http//www.training.nih.gov/careers/careercenter/c
  • http//www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/gradstud/
  • http//www.quintcareers.com/curriculum_vitae.html
  • http//www.quintcareers.com/vita_samples.html

Resume/CV Advice
  • Visit the Career Center for a resume/CV critique
  • Monday Thursday
  • 1100am-200pm
  • Walk in hours
  • Career Center, Room 206 Sears
  • No appointment needed
  • Or call 368-4446 to schedule an appointment
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