Résumé/CV Writing for Graduate Students in EducationMolly Steen
What this workshop will cover Overview of Résumés and CVs Specific Sections of the CV and the Résumé
Resume v. CV: Résumé Curriculum Vitae A comprehensive summaryA brief advertisement intendedto evoke interest and action. of qualifications.Used in industry & the private Used in education andsector – and community research/scientificcolleges institutions.A focused marketing piecepresenting information relevant A detailed and inclusiveto the position sought document about an applicant’s past
Curriculum Vitae - length A CV for a recent Master’s or Doctoral graduate would normally be 3-5 pages. For someone with extensive professional experience, it could run much longer.
Basic Categories for aCurriculum Vitae Contact info Education Experience Use appropriate and thoughtfully sequenced sub-categories References
CV: Education List most recent degree first. Include institution, academic discipline, city, state, and date degrees conferred (or expected). Include titles of dissertations and theses. Consider including attendance at institutions where you did not earn a degree when this information highlights specialized study or geographic location.
CV: Experience List in reverse chronological order, with descriptive statements and achievements. Include sub-sections on teaching, research, community service. Include as appropriate: graduate assistantships, internships, postdoctoral fellowships, etc. Non-academic positions? Include under “Other Experience”.
CV: Additional Categories Areas of expertise: Use this to demonstrate areas you are qualified to teach – beyond courses already taught. Publications: Include research papers, pamphlets, monographs, articles, etc. Presentations and Workshops: State the title of papers presented, poster sessions conducted, names of conferences, locations, and dates. Committees and Appointments: List your titles, names of committees, locations, dates, and, if appropriate, results achieved. Professional Affiliations: List in alphabetical order or in order of importance.
CV: Even MorePossible Categories Symposia Military Service Awards/Scholarships/Honors Exhibitions
The last word… We’re here to help: Grad student drop in hours Tues. 1-2 and Fri. 11-12 Drop in hours for everyone M-F 11-4 Individual appointments Best wishes on your job search!
Additional Information onCVs Books in CRR Developing A Professional Vita or Resume The Global Resume and CV Guide
The Résumé Brief, focused. Purpose is to “advertise” Allows flexibility and creativity with respect to format, content, and style. Purpose is to get you an interview.
Steps to Take BeforeWriting Define your objective. (Consider Career Leader) Review your work experience, skills, etc. to identify what’s relevant. Read the job description. Highlight skills and qualities the employer is seeking. Conduct research on the position or occupation (e.g. “editor”), noting skills used. Emphasize on your résumé how you have used these skills.
Basic Categories for aRésumé Contact info Objective Education Experience
Additional Categories(optional) Honors Activities Community Service Special Skills, e.g., relevant computer skills, lab skills, languages Research Projects Affiliations or Memberships Travel
Objectives An objective shows what you want and/or what you have to offer. A research and development engineer position in the manufacturing industry A position in publishing to utilize my skills in writing, editing, and my knowledge of cross- cultural education.
Education Include institution, degree, academic discipline, actual or expected graduation date.
Experience Determine how to organize the résumé What will promote your best experiences for the position to the top of the résumé?
Describe Skills or WorkExperience Use action verbs Focus on accomplishments Be concrete and specific. Quantify: e.g. “Taught over one hundred undergraduate students.” e.g. “Supervised a staff of three.” e.g. “Increased production efficiency by 75%.”
Experience Teaching Assistant, University of California,Santa Barbara, CA Taught child development to over 100 undergraduate students . Designed course materials and prepared weekly lectures. Received Award of Merit for teaching service. (9/10-present) Curriculum Assistant, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL Assisted in writing of course competencies. Prepared materials and forms in accordance with College standards and requirements. Collaborated closely with other curriculum development team members. (9/08-8/10)
Skills Teaching Taught advanced physics to over 100 students. Designed course materials and prepared lectures. Provided orientation training to incoming employees. Received Award of Merit for teaching service. Management Reconciled daily receipts of up to $1500. Selected and supervised three employees. Oversaw department in manager’s absence. Work History Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 9/10-present Assistant Manager, J.C.Penneys, Stockton, CA Summers 2008-2010
Language for Résumés andCVs Phrases rule Avoid personal pronouns Use descriptive language Avoid acronyms
Aesthetics Easy to read Use eye relief techniques Use easy-to-read fonts
References “Available upon request” – optional Prepare separate page of references Ask permission Provide a copy of your résumé to your referrers Thank your referrers
Reference Page References for Susana Searcher name title organization work address work phone number and email address context
Additional Resources forCV and Résumé Obtain a critique from a career counselor Consult examples from books in Career Resources
Last minute tips Use eyes of others Be positive and be persistent Be truthful and accurate