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1 “Resume VS. CV” Presented by: Liz Herrera Assistant Director University of Illinois at Chicago SPH Career Services

2 Highlights Curriculum Vitae vs. Resume Keys to an excellent CV
Converting a CV to a resume Resume Strategies Final thoughts

3 Curriculum Vitae vs. Resume
Latin for course of my life Professional archive of everything one has done related to scholarly work CV addresses academic preparation, teaching, presentations, publications, research and service to the profession; academia Multiple pages in length CV has multiple functions (job seeking, research opportunity, professional archive, soliciting grants, tenure, promotion) Required in doctoral degree environments. Used in higher education (Faculty, Research and administrative posts) Curriculum Vitae Summarizes education and experience specifically tailored to your employment objective Focuses on work experience and skills; industry focused Brief and concise (bullet points) 1-2 pages in length The resume would highlight your skills and achievements above all other things Resume

4 Assess the Employer Perspective For both the CV and Resume
Read the job description, mission statement Review the website Research organization or institution Jobsites to Consider

5 Is there a “typical” CV format?
There is no one size fits all A good CV emphasizes what is important in your discipline Use incomplete sentences (Never start with “I” or “My”) Begin with powerful action verbs Short phrases are appropriate in a CV (bullets are ok too)

6 Always remember to prioritize information!
Common CV Headings Academic Background Institution Name, Program Area, Dissertation and Committee Supervisor, Dissertation Title or Topic Teaching Experience Research Experience Clinical Experiences Fellowships Languages Publications Presentations Service Special Awards Professional Affiliations Departmental / Community Service Reference list Always remember to prioritize information!

7 Sample Headings RESEARCH Research Interests Publications Presentations
Grants & Awards Lab Experience Submitted Articles Fellowships Statistical Software TEACHING University Teaching Teaching Fellowships Teaching Assistantships Technology Integration in Teaching Lectures Mentoring

8 Publications and Presentations
Include academic work List any paper presentations, conference presentations, speaking engagements Use style accepted by your discipline: APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences. MLA: literature, arts, and humanities. AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences.

9 Keys to an Excellent CV It is crucial that the CV represent your experience, accomplishments, expertise, and special professional qualities in the most positive manner possible. The visual impact of the CV provides the initial message about your attention to detail and thoroughness. Is it well designed, organized, and attractive? Are categories of information clearly labeled? Is it easy to find certain sections of interest to search committee members? Has your advisor reviewed and critiqued it? Have you avoided using acronyms? Has it been proofread several times to eliminate typos? Does it thoroughly represent all your qualifications? Source:

10 References Typical on a CV Last section on CV
List names, titles, affiliations, phone, Include references you trust! Include on a separate page for the resume

11 Converting a CV to a Resume Positions outside of academia will most likely ask for a resume
Focus on skills that cater to the specific area: student services, social services, advising, private industry, “Snap Shot” of your qualifications Your resume can be “selective”. Trim down or omit Research and Publications Keep in mind that your resume must abide by the 30 second rule Begin with a summary of qualifications – lead off with your strengths as it relates to the position Use bullet points, begin with action verbs

12 Resume Writing Getting Started… Do preliminary research
Find out general information about the company you wish to work for What are the desired skills and qualities? Key Values and Words Assess your skills, qualities, strengths, experience, etc.

13 What do you have to offer?
Build your list of… work experience practicum experience special course projects activities clubs languages technical skills volunteer work academics

14 Resume Sections Career Profile, Summary of Qualifications, Career Objective Education (Begin with the most current) Work History - (Work Experience, Professional Experience, Related Experience, Additional Experience ) Volunteer, Internships, Community, Clinical, Grant Writing, Research Skills (Include level of proficiency- proficient, familiar with, basic knowledge of…) In these sections be sure to address your audience, be brief, be clear and begin with action verbs!

15 Resume Guidelines Be tailored to fit your individual situation and background (customize to the position) Highlight strengths and relevant points Quantify (use numbers, percentages, accomplishments) Begin statements with powerful action verbs One to two pages: Detailed, Concise, and Specific Describes qualifications, education, and relevant work experience Industry “Speak” Strong Action Verbs Concrete descriptions Quantifiable Outcomes (Results) Discuss Impact

16 Deliver the goods up front…
Before: Responsible for developing a Health Risk Assessment training for IH technicians. After: Developed Health Risk Assessment protocol training, ensuring industrial hygiene (IH) technicians were prepared to assess health hazards with chemical, biological, and physical hazards.

17 Use Action Verbs & Buzzwords
Action verbs create a strong impact on the reader. They increase the strength of your skills and experience and make potential employers take notice. Coordinate Manage Facilitate Develop Implement Research Train Communicate Identify Advocate Investigate Prepare Evaluate Report

18 Be concise, but descriptive
Developed on-site healthcare presentations at a community based organization for women with drug-related offenses, educating them on the health effects of addiction. Evaluated and made recommendations for proper effectiveness to protect employees from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces. Initiated and directed the conversion from manual tracking of incomplete patient records to an automated tracking system. Saved $10K annually by systemizing procedures for submitting monthly data on state and federal contracts. Served as a member of a team selected to write and implement $50,000 grant proposal to develop innovative programs addressing childhood obesity. Focus on results and quantify: Conducted and reviewed over 300 comprehensive industrial hygiene evaluations and special surveys for various industry settings at several U.S. Air Force installations worldwide. Source: Enelow, Wendy S., Kursmark, Louise M.. (2010). Expert Resumes For Health Careers. Indianapolis: Jist Works

19 Final Resume Tips Prioritize bullet points / Categories
Keep format organized and consistent Avoid the use of “I” or “my” Stick with two fonts at most Use action verbs Quantify and use field terminology Avoid using templates Keep it to 1-2 pages References go on a separate page (no need for “references available upon request”) Avoid underlining in most instances Have enough white space Edit and proofread for possible errors

20 Sources Coghill-Behrends, W., Anthony, R. (2001) CV Handbook: A curriculum vitae owner’s manual. PhD Books, LLC, Publisher. Enelow, Wendy S., Kursmark, Louise M.. (2010). Expert Resumes For Health Careers. Indianapolis: Jist Works

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