Developing Your Curriculum Vitae

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Developing Your Curriculum Vitae
Presentation By:
Mashonda Smith
GA Career Counselor
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 Resume
 Curriculum Vitae
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Hybrid Curriculum Vitae
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Federal Resume
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A resume presents relevant experience,
accomplishments and education
 A resume is short
 A resume includes “soft” and technical skills
 Resumes are adapted/edited for each job
application
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Resumes DO NOT include everything
Resumes DO NOT include exhaustive lists of
research, publications, presentations, etc.
Resumes DO NOT include anything unrelated to
the position at hand
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Standard CV supplemented with
 Accomplishments
 Skills/techniques
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Used to apply for:
 Industry positions
 Positions that require academic and/or research
credentials
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CV
Resume
What?
Provides full professional and
educational history
Provides a summary of experience
and skills
Length?
No limit
1 -2 pages
Uses?
Used predominantly in
academic and researchfocused positions (in various
work environments)
All/most other types of positions
Publications?
Always include publications
Maybe sometimes…
Customization
Not much at all, if any
YES, ideally every resume submitted
should be customized to that specific
position
Formatting/Design Content Trumps Style
Both content and style matter!
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Curriculum vitae is a Latin expression which can
be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life.
Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curriculum_vitae
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“A comprehensive listing of professional history including every term of
employment, academic credential, publication, contribution, or significant
achievement” [Wikipedia]
Other
Resume
Curriculum Vitae
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Faculty Positions (Academia)
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Promotion and/or Tenure (Academia)
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Research Intensive Positions (Public & Private
Sectors)
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Graduate School Applications (Academia)
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Fellowships, Awards (Academia)
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There is NO standardized CV format
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No two CVs are alike
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Every document tells a different story
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Two sections of the CV are always the same:
 Contact Information - always first
 Education – usually second
 Listing of Publications – always last
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Contact informationalways first!!!
Education
Post-Graduate Education
Certifications/Licensures
Employment History
Teaching/Mentoring
Research Involvement
Leadership Involvement
“Hard” Skills and Techniques
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Honors and Awards
(academic or otherwise)
Service: (manuscript
reviews, grant reviews)
Professional Memberships
Grant Support
Conferences, Presentations,
Invited Speeches
Patents/Inventions
Publications – always last
(when applicable)
Note: This list is not exhaustive; sections can be
added; not all sections are applicable to everyone; the
order can vary; section titles can be customized, etc…
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Biochemistry: protein purification, western
blotting, in vitro cell free extracts, spectroscopy,
electrophoresis
 Cell biology: cell culture (bacterial, insect,
mammalian), flow cytometry,
immunofluorescence
 Microscopy: light microscopy, epifluorescence
microscopy, confocal microscopy
 Molecular biology: gene cloning (prokaryotic
and eukaryotic), PCR, Southern blotting
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Objective or Professional Summary
Statement
Lists of “soft” skills (e.g. leadership, communication, etc.)
Long narrative statement or TOO MANY
bullet points
References
Personal Information (photos, marital status, age and
(NIH, Office of Intramural Training & Education, 2014)
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children)
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The label “Curriculum Vitae”
(NIH, 2014)
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Research Knowledge
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Practice: Research Application
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Skills: managerial, communication,
organization, etc.
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Editing
Speaking effectively
Writing concisely
Identifying problems
Identifying resources
Gathering
information
Solving problems
Setting goals
Analyzing
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Evaluating
Managing
collaborations
Delegating
responsibility
Teaching
Motivating others
Organizing
Attending to details
Initiating new ideas
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http://medschool.umaryland.edu/academicadmin/cv_
format.asp
http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/studentservices/resume.ht
ml
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/counseling/VetStudentR
esume2.pdf
http://vcs.vetmed.wsu.edu/docs/librariesprovider18/D
ocs-FDIU/personnel/cv(pdf)53777b9100636ae48082ff00000c094d.pdf?sfvrsn
=0
Old-school:
http://depts.washington.edu/pbscifac/Dyck_CV.pdf
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Decide on most applicable sections
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Decide on section titles
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Decide on order of presentation
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Date formatting (left or right?)
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Ordering Experiences (reverse chronological order)
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Personal/Contact Information (degree, date awarded, institution,
field of study)
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LinkedIn Account???
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Optional: Dissertation/thesis title, advisor
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Dissertation and/or thesis title(s)
Highlight Distinctions
 Peer reviewed
 Invited
 Reviews
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Process: “In preparation”, “submitted” and
“in press”
Decide to include abstracts???
Include “selected” publications or
abstracts???
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Check grammar, spell check
Aesthetics
1-inch margins???
Place most important information where it will be
seen (beginning of section, left justified, in a column)
Easy to read font
Font size no smaller than 11-pt
UNIFORMITY THROUGHOUT!!!
Avoid all caps
Strategically use: bolding, highlights, underlines,
italics, etc.
Publications should be in APA 6th Ed.
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