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1 Perfecting My Resume Theresa M. Duello, PhD Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyAssociate Director of Diversity InitiativesEndocrinology-Reproductive Physiology ProgramUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
2 Curriculum vitae or CV – A history of a person’s professional life and qualifications.vitae – singularvita – pluralResume –A document that contains a summary of relevantjob experience and education
3 Resume . . . . . . . . A hybrid . . . . . . . . . Curriculum Vita Changes will parallel your advancementthrough the educational system into thecareer of your choice
6 Absolutely! According to L&S Career Services Rules of resumes There are very few rules in resume writing. They are:• Include only relevant information• Do not have any spelling errors or other typos• Be 100% truthfulAbsolutely!
7 The rest is personal preference with the help of career advisors, professors, mentors, and other people whoknow a lot about resumes or your field. Ultimately,it needs to come down to what you want. All we can giveyou is suggestions based on our experience, such as:• Use nouns instead of active verbs to begin your descriptivelinesSupervised vs Supervision ofDeveloped vs Development of• Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, my)• Do not use unnecessary punctuation• Use bullet points Use indentation to set off categories.
8 • Make sure your format is consistent and flawless. • Do not include high school information (with exceptions)(I’ll say more on this topic.)• If you choose to include a “Relevant Coursework”section, make sure to only list courses that will showbreadth or depth• Make it as long as you need to say everything.Call it a curriculum vita (CV).• Use caution with templates. Haven’t see a template I like.
9 Why do you need a curriculum vita? 1) To have a record of your professional history2) To organize what you would submit in an application tograduate or professional school3) To plan what you would want to include in an essay/ personalstatement for graduate or professional schoolTo inform those you ask for letters of recommendationsof your activities
10 Remember that you are providing the CV to a stranger.
11 Common problems and solutions - Problem: Incomplete contact informationSolution: Complete contact informationProblem: Not list anticipated graduation dateSolution: List anticipated graduation date.Problem: ‘Objective’ too vague/global or incorrect.Solution: It is not required to state an ‘Objective’, but if youdo make sure it is specific to the position for whichyou applying. (Can state objective in cover letter.)Have different ‘versions’ for different ‘purposes’.
12 Problem: Don’t know where to list certain activities. Solution: If you need another category, invent one.Problem: Having relatives or close friends edit your resume.Solution: Have several people from your field of interestcritique your resume.Not just people who love you.Not just people with whom you share living space.Not only the one graduate student or professional student you happen to know.
13 Problem: Poor description of research. Solution: Speak as a scientist. Do not just list techniques.You are not applying to be a technician.“Talk the talk. Walk the walk.”Problem: Inability to connect references to experiences.Solution: Indicate supervisor or principal investigator withactivity, but do NOT list contact information.
14 Bold or underline headings. Don’t use both. Do not abbreviate. University of Wisconsin-Madison, not UWGPA on a 4.0 scale GPA 3.3/4.0Do not use parentheses around dates (or anywhere else)Capitalize ‘Present’ Ex: PresentDo not number lists of activitiesAt least one inch margins
15 Abbreviate months.Phrases. Not sentences.Absolutely no personal pronouns.Never put contact information for employers/supervisorsin the body of a resume or CVResearch or Laboratory Experience does not includechemistry/physics/biology course labsExtracurricular activities are only organizations, not‘interests’ or hobbies
29 The first part is standard. Now things begin to vary.What would make sense?
30 What would make sense? If you are looking for a research position, RESEARCH EXPERIENCE goes next.If you are looking for a teaching position,TEACHING EXPERIENCE goes next.If you are looking to do community outreach position,COMMUNITY OUTREACH goes next.If you need another category, make one up!
33 What you did.NounMaybe what you found.“Demonstration of two forms . . “Why it is important
34 Same as when you interview - I worked with Dr. Theresa Duello in the Department ofObstetrics and Gynecology who studies the disparate burdenof infant mortality to African American women.This is what we didThis is what we foundThis is why it is important Significance!
40 Nevers These are some categories that shouldn’t be included on a CV. • Height, weight, and social security number• Reasons for leaving previous jobs• Pictures of yourself• Salary information• ReferencesNote: Some people put date of birth, place of birth, marital status on CV.
41 References on separate page Not ‘References upon request’
44 Please see me IF –You are a medical student interested in a visiting rotationin Surgical Oncologyin Obstetrics and Gynecology.You are an MD with an oncology specialtyor a PhD interested in a career in patient-orientedtherapeutic research who would like to train in ourAcademic Clinical Oncologist Training Program.
45 Thank you SNMA for allowing me to present. The pleasure is mine!Theresa M. Duello, PhD