Today’s presentation on CVs and resumés was went pretty well if I do say so myself. One of the things about presenting on how to do something that almost everyone in the room has already done, is that there is a collective wisdom there that is greater than that of anyone person. By pooling our experiences and questions we were able to produce and really interesting resource (a video of the presentation) that will be posted online at UniversityAffairs.ca sometime this fall. I’d like to thank the people who attended for their active participation and interest – I really enjoyed the session and hope they did too.
In the interest of saving paper, I decided to post links and resources about CVs and resumés on the blog. That way all of you who couldn’t attended got a sense of what we talked about.
Remember, CV advice is part of the responsibilities of your supervisor and committee. Begin there for advice specific to your field. Your supervisor is less likely to be able to help with a job hunt targeting non-academic work, so in this case, try your university career centre or the links below. With the job market in its current state for the foreseeable future, flexibility is the name of the game. Have several versions of your CV and a resumé on hand for quick and easy tweaking on-the-fly. While you will often have more time to prepare for a tenure track appointment, contract work and non-academic contracts will often pop up unexpectedly. Sometimes just being the right person at the right time is all it takes.
- PowerPoint slides: presentation1 (ppt)
- Innovation Skills Profile: innovation-skills-profile (pdf)
- General Skills Specific to Grad Students: general-skills-particular-to-graduate-students (doc)
- Action Verbs: action_verbs (pdf)
- Sites with CV samples: UC Berkeley, Stanford, McGill, ChicagoSites with resumé samples: York, UC Berkeley (Resumé section), UBC.