Saturday, March 9, 2013

Different career stages require different CVs

I have been looking a lot of postdoc applications recently and noticed how some include a Curriculum Vitae with irrelevant material. This highlights the basic point that your CV should be tailored to your audience and the job you are applying for.

Teaching experience is not relevant to most postdocs. It is relevant to faculty positions. Also, once you have a Ph.D, high school or non-scientific work experience is not relevant. A model CV for applying for postdocs is on John Wilkins one page guides.

Those making the transition from academia to industry need a completely different. CV. I am told industry usually likes much shorter CVs. They are not interested in long publication lists [with impact factors!] but rather experience at problem solving, working in teams, giving presentations,....

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