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CV Prep for
Physics Majors
University of Pittsburgh
Office of
Career Development &
Placement Assistance
Presented by Emily...
Agenda
 CV vs Resume
 Preparation
 General Guidelines
 Helpful Tips
 Q & A
CV vs Resume
 Curriculum Vitae, aka CV
 “A brief account of a person’s education,
qualifications, and previous experienc...
Purpose
 To obtain an interview
 To aid in completing an application
 To assist others in their recommendations
 Usefu...
Preparation
 Consider type of CV
 List CV- experiences grouped by functional
area (research, publications, etc)
 Detail...
Create a Rough Draft
 Experiment with different sections and
titles of them
 Make a list of what you absolutely want to
...
General Guidelines: Formatting
Sample content sections:
 Summary, Profile or Highlights
 Education (inc. thesis/disserta...
General Guidelines: Formatting
Sample content sections continued:
 Conferences
 Professional Memberships
 Honors and Aw...
Sample CV
http://www.quintcareers.com/Science-
Academic-CV-Sample.pdf
Know yourself & your
audience!
 Tailor your descriptions to reflect
marketable and appropriate skills to your job
search
Helpful Tips
 Highlight accomplishments and avoid listing tasks
 Use numbers and statistics if possible to quantify and
...
Review, review, review!
 Have numerous people review it! Your advisor,
faculty, mentor, career development office, etc.
Questions?
Emily Bennett
emb108@pitt.edu
Follow-up questions
and CV/resume
reviews:
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CV workshop for Physics

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How to prepare for and write a CV; made specifically for physics majors, but can apply to other STEM disciplines

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CV workshop for Physics

  1. 1. CV Prep for Physics Majors University of Pittsburgh Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance Presented by Emily Bennett, M.Ed.
  2. 2. Agenda  CV vs Resume  Preparation  General Guidelines  Helpful Tips  Q & A
  3. 3. CV vs Resume  Curriculum Vitae, aka CV  “A brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application.” (Oxford Dictionary)  Typically at least 2 pages long  Concise and complete summary of your background and experiences  Resume  Usually shorter in length  Tailored to a specific job
  4. 4. Purpose  To obtain an interview  To aid in completing an application  To assist others in their recommendations  Useful tally of accomplishments
  5. 5. Preparation  Consider type of CV  List CV- experiences grouped by functional area (research, publications, etc)  Detailed CV- give descriptions to the above experiences and give further insight  Most common for academic job search  Combination CV- List and Detailed CV formats  Helpful for outside of education and research
  6. 6. Create a Rough Draft  Experiment with different sections and titles of them  Make a list of what you absolutely want to include  Keep a running document of notable accomplishments and experiences
  7. 7. General Guidelines: Formatting Sample content sections:  Summary, Profile or Highlights  Education (inc. thesis/dissertation)  Research Experience  Teaching Experience  Industry Experience  Selected Courses  Publications  Presentations
  8. 8. General Guidelines: Formatting Sample content sections continued:  Conferences  Professional Memberships  Honors and Awards  Committees  Skills: Language, Computer, etc  Grant experience  Volunteer Work  Future interests and research
  9. 9. Sample CV http://www.quintcareers.com/Science- Academic-CV-Sample.pdf
  10. 10. Know yourself & your audience!  Tailor your descriptions to reflect marketable and appropriate skills to your job search
  11. 11. Helpful Tips  Highlight accomplishments and avoid listing tasks  Use numbers and statistics if possible to quantify and qualify data  Use the top to bottom approach when determining order of sections
  12. 12. Review, review, review!  Have numerous people review it! Your advisor, faculty, mentor, career development office, etc.
  13. 13. Questions?
  14. 14. Emily Bennett emb108@pitt.edu Follow-up questions and CV/resume reviews:

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