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Engineering curriculum vitae and cover letter

  1. 1. Writing a Curriculum Vitae The University of Mississippi Writing Center
  2. 2. Why a CV Instead of a Resume? <ul><li>A Resume summarizes qualifications, education, work experiences, skills and abilities that include community and other non-academic pursuits. </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses attention on an individual's strongest qualifications for a job opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>One or two pages in length. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Curriculum Vitae <ul><li>Like a resume but more detailed and formal. </li></ul><ul><li>Universities, colleges and research institutions expect a curriculum vitae. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually two pages or more, if you are highly experienced. </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed listing that usually includes publications, presentations, professional activities, honors, and additional information.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vita or Vitae? <ul><li>&quot; It is vitae because &quot;life&quot; in the phrase &quot;course of life&quot; (or &quot;a life's course&quot;) is in the genitive singular. “ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Daniels, Latin Scholar </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. A Curriculum Vitae should… <ul><li>be tailored to maximize an individual's qualifications for a specific position. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the job advertisement carefully and consider the possible audience for your CV. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>It is critical that the information is accurate and current. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Headings <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Education - include dissertation title and advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Related Professional Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Grants and Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Awards, honors and patents </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Community Involvements </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  8. 8. Especially for Engineers <ul><li>For each position held, consider responsibilities and achievements and where possible substantiate with figures (e.g.: cost saving, efficiency, targets, deadlines). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Especially for Engineers <ul><li>Qualifications attained </li></ul><ul><li>Training Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Software Proficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords for Engineering (useful to database searches) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Especially for Engineers <ul><li>Customize your key selling points and place them in the objective or profile area of the resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor your selling points to suit the job description. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Helpful Hints <ul><li>Pay careful attention to the organization of your document so the reader does not perceive you as careless and lacking attention to details. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Helpful Hints <ul><li>Be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>Do not exaggerate </li></ul>
  13. 13. Order <ul><li>Always use reverse chronological order in all headings - list present first; then proceed with earlier items </li></ul>
  14. 14. Language <ul><li>Use only phrases with little punctuation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Presentation <ul><li>Do not include photos </li></ul><ul><li>Documents should be word processed on white paper </li></ul>
  16. 16. Don’t Automatically Eliminate Yourself from Consideration <ul><li>Grammar, </li></ul><ul><li>spelling </li></ul><ul><li>and typing </li></ul><ul><li>should be flawless. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Other Avoidances <ul><li>Faux letters of introduction claiming that a mutual acquaintance recommends that the recipient review your resume with extra care. </li></ul><ul><li>Resume broadcasting via email with multiple recipients in the &quot;to:&quot;, &quot;cc:&quot; or &quot;bcc:&quot; fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes emailed from a computer with its date set in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes that do not show dates of employment may pass a ten second scan but cannot withstand a more thorough review. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Formatting <ul><li>Name and page number on each page </li></ul><ul><li>Font size 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Margins must be 1&quot; to 1 1/2&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Date your vita was written or updated on the first page instead of the page number </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ask your faculty advisor to look over your CV and make suggestions. Ask an experienced person to proofread your CV.
  20. 20. Cover Letter Tips
  21. 21. Cover Letter Tips <ul><li>A cover letter is NOT an autobiography. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate that you </li></ul><ul><li>meet or exceed the requirements listed are interested in the position </li></ul><ul><li>and that you are available. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cover Letter Tips <ul><li>Avoid negatives </li></ul><ul><li>Do not explain why you left or are leaving an employer. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Cover Letter Tips <ul><li>Avoid providing a salary history. </li></ul><ul><li>If the job ad requests a salary history, give a historical salary range and state that your salary requirements are flexible. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your letter easy on the eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't repeat your resume. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Cover Letter Tips <ul><li>Don't repeat worn platitudes and clichés </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;excellent written and verbal communication skills“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;think outside the box“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;juggle multiple tasks&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a solution to their problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be solution-centric; not &quot;I&quot; centered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep &quot;I would like&quot; stuff to a minimum. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Cover Letter Tips <ul><ul><li>Personalize your cover letter if possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters should be addressed to a specific person whenever information is available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form letters are offensive. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct basic research and customize the cover letter to suit the position and the company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell the reader that you are interested in the company and the position, and why. </li></ul></ul>