Transcript of "CVs (Postdocs Charterhouse Square October 2012)"
CareersCVs and Applications forPostdoctoral Researchers RC164 Sir Anthony Dawson Room Dr. Tracy Bussoli Careers Adviser for Researchers firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers We will ….. • Identify the key differences between an academic CV and a non-academic CV • Learn how to identify and document evidence of your skills for jobs outside academia2
Careers Job applications • CVs • Covering Letter • Online/paper applications • (Interviews) ….All involve recognising, articulating and writing about skills/competencies3
Careers Types of CV • Academic • Non-Academic - Reverse chronological - Skills Based - Mixture of both4
Look at the two CVs that youhave been givenIn pairs, discuss:• What have they been written for?• What are the main differences?
Careers Academic CV vs Non-Academic CV academic non-academic • can be longer than 2 pages • no more than 2 pages • emphasise academic • key relevant transferable experience. PhD - aims/ skills appropriate to the achievements/ techniques role utilised • highlight relevant • past, current & future research interests and research, courses, experience projects • technical skills / lab work • relevant work experience • publications (categorised)/ prominent conferences and • avoid over-technical presentations descriptions • teaching/ mentoring/admin. • consider using focused experience/ funding and profile or skills summary commercial awareness • 3 referees (academic and • 2 referees (academic/ academic-related) employer)6
Careers Tips on Writing CVs • Target it • Show me don’t tell me • Appropriate writing style – keep paragraphs to 4 lines or less – consider use of bullet-points – make the point, provide the evidence – use active verbs – consistent and appropriate formatting – distinct sections – triple check spelling and grammar • Positive – reader has nothing but the CV to make a judgement7
Careers Show don’t tell • A motivated individual with excellent communication skills…telling Showing….. • Have collated data over three years and written an on-line database of gene expression in the developing embryo. • Have given 5 talks to a range of people including experienced scientists and school children adapting language accordingly.8
Careers Example Skill • Interpersonal Skills Behaviours • demonstrating patience and tolerance of others • Feeding back tactfully9
What is a skill Split up into teams. Select a skill from the following list•Team and Interpersonal Skills•Written and Oral Communication Skills•Analytical, Problem Solving and Creativity•Planning, Organisation and Project management•Staff Management and Leadership•Self Motivation, Initiative and DriveMake a list of behaviours or ‘things you can seehappening’ when someone is using the above skill (s).Behind The Buzzwords Handout
Careers Vitae Examples • Examples of how Researchers have described their skills on a CV http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload11
Careers What you do as a Postdoc • Supervision of other PhD • Participate on Students committees • Teaching / tutoring • Graduate School • Published material (not just training academic journals) • Clubs /societies • Presentations/ Posters • Part–time work • Conference participation • Volunteering • Quality Audits/ Funding proposals • Charity fundraising • Reading Widely • Careers Service • Process logs/ budget courses and accounts workshops • Travel12
A composite CV for a jobdescription• Get into 4 groups• Each group will have a job description (there are two types)• In your groups, allocate a specific skill from the job description to each person in your group• Each person has to write one piece of evidence showing how they have utilised this skill• In a group write a skills section for a CV bringing together all your examples
Careers Cover Letter Example • What are the key elements of a cover letter? • Take a couple of minutes to read the example cover letter. • What do you think about it?15
Powerful covering Careers letters Formal business letter: 500 words to fit on 1 page • try and address to a named individual • heading • introduction : who you are, what you are applying for, where you saw the job (para 1) • why you want the job: interest and research carried out (para 2) • what you have to offer: highlight skills and experience relevant to the job and evidenced by the CV (para 3) • why that company: distinguishing features (para 4) • conclusion – positive close and goodbye (para 5)16
Careers Need more help? • Get application checked by me or come to Careers Service, WG3 Queens Building http://www.scs.qmul.ac.uk/ • Science Careers Website http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/advanced_search/results? occursin=fulltext&allkeywords=cvs • Vitae http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1339/Marketing- yourself.html • See CV section on Queen Mary Researchers Blog http://qmresearcher.wordpress.com17
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