Resume or CV


What Is Important in Academia

A Curriculum Vitae (C.V)  is generally used as part of an application package for an academic position (faculty, lecturer, dean, etc.) It reflects what is important in academia:

Recognition / Status

Ability to attract funding (Grants)

Teaching ability

It lists your positions, lists your education, lists your grants, awards and publications.  But, it says little about your results or productivity.  Publications hint at productivity, but fail to define what you did or how you contributed.

What Is Important in Industry

Industry-friendly resumes differ significantly from C.V.s.
They reflect what is important to a hiring manager in a company:




Even when you use a general resume format, most resumes describe your experience, the work you performed, or the responsibilities you had.

Hiring managers are not very interested in how you spent your time
(i.e, your experience or responsibilities).
They want to know what came out of the time you spent.

They want to know how you contributed, innovated, and what resulted.  It is not just about publications (though they help prove your claims) but why were those papers published? What did you do and how did you advance the project?

Hiring managers want to know that you can communicate clearly and directly.

Your resume needs to show that. Paragraphs require too much time and effort to read. They get set aside, and rarely read again.

And they want to know that you are cooperative–that you are a team player.

redhead w ipadIn industry, teams are the norm. A cycle of inter-dependency exists in an R&D company, and clear, open communication, cooperation, and dependable results is critical.

Scientific Resumes’  tools, including the Position-Results-Edge (PRE) Resume Worksheet®, help you evaluate your time in academia in a “results-oriented” context and present it in a powerful way.

Designed by industry scientists for scientists, you will uncover results you did not even realize, remember, or consider.  And, you will see how to articulate those results in a clear, direct, and meaningful way that hiring managers appreciate.  Plus, get tips on constructing it in a way that is flexible and easily tailored for specific jobs.


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“The resume tools were particularly helpful because they give real-world, specific examples. ” –Irit (former postdoc, now in industry)