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1 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Resumes & CVs Department of Mechanical Engineering

2 Agenda Resumes vs CVs Purpose of a Resume Purpose of a CV
Resume Formats & Content CV Formats & Content Differences Between a CV and a Resume Resume/CV Dos and Don’ts Cover Letters Research Statements

3 Resumes vs Curriculum Vitae (CVs)
Resumes are required for an Industry Job Search Process Resumes are the written inventory of your work experience and accomplishments, skill set, career and educational highlights CVs are required by environments that demand doctoral degrees – SAM communities CVs are a chronological representation of credentials - “the course of one’s life”

4 A Resume and its Purpose
Marketing Tool Key component in the job search process To get you an interview Resumes are as unique and individual as the individuals they represent Tailored to the specific job

5 A CV and its Purpose Important piece of documentation
Key component in the search for scientific, academic, or medical positions Usually accompanied by a cover letter and a research statement To highlight your credentials CV follows a specific structure Only one version of a CV is enough

6 Resume Formats Reverse Chronological – Lists your experiences in reverse chronological order, beginning with most recent position Functional – Promotes and headlines skills and accomplishments, without emphasizing where or when you developed those skills Combination – Utilizes reverse chronological order as well as organizes experiences in order of importance

7 The Four Ws of a Resume? What opportunity are you seeking?
What is your specific background that relates to this opportunity? What are the roles, relevant work experiences and education that provided you with this experience? What are your unique accomplishments?

8 Resume Guidelines/Length
Easy to read – Resume should be in a consistent format and the reader should have a clear understanding of who you are Easy to find out what you are good at – effective formatting, clear articulate language and pertinent information will enable the reader to access what is important Length of Resume – Keep your resume concise – make every word count – 2 page optimum

9 Resume Headings Contact Information Profile Summary Skill Set vs. Objective Work Experience Education Professional Associations and Membership

10 Use Words Carefully Avoid use of confusing terms or acronyms
Avoid use of long sentences or paragraphs Focus on concise factual statements Emphasize hard skills, e.g. computer software applications Focus on specific action verbs

11 Resume Content Show a progressive history of success (increased responsibilities, promotions, etc) Address specific accomplishments – PAR statements Identify your unique achievements within organizations Provide metrics that support these accomplishments

12 PAR – Example Project: Recognized a need for an interactive videodisc/computer database for students and faculty Action: Analyzed database and procedural requirements and designed an interactive tool Result: Installed in MIT Libraries Putting it all together: Identified the need for and led the design and delivery of a database project which resulted in easier access of information for faculty, students and staff through MIT Libraries

13 PAR Statement Practice
1. Think about an accomplishment or project that you wish to include in your resume. With a partner, describe the issue or challenges that you addressed 2. Write down the following: (P) What was the issue and subsequent project (A) What actions you took using action verbs (R) The result or impact of the project

14 CV Formats Academic CV Executive CV International CV

15 CV Guidelines/Length Easy to Read – line item presentation of your credentials and academic history Must haves Professional Address Educational History Honors and Awards Publications References Length of CVs – no restrictions; pages is optimum

16 CV Headings Contact Information Education/Doctoral Dissertation Medical or Academic Posts Research – with mentors and institutions Publications Presentations Teaching Honors and Awards Appointments Committees Other activities

17 References – Resume vs CV
Not included or required in a Resume – can be an addendum Typically required and listed in a CV – very important piece of information in academic searches Consistent list between CV and applications for academic positions Up to 5 reference letters are required in academic searches Post Doc mentor and Ph. D. mentor come first – most important

18 Differences – Resume vs CV
Category Curriculum Vitae Resume Essence A full list of your professional and educational history A summary of your experience and skills that are most pertinent to the job Length Not restricted; – optimum for a seasoned academic 1 to 2 pages Usage SAM/Science – Academia - Medical positions Every other type of job outside of academia and research science Publications Yes – full list Rarely Style and Format Not important; content matters Very important/Make it easy to read and follow Number of versions One is enough/minor modifications are OK Many version/Tailor to each job of interest References Yes No

19 Do Not's of Resumes & CVs Do not include personal information in resume or academic CV Do not send a photograph Do not embellish your resume/CV with false statements Do not use full sentences or pronouns Do not use abbreviations or acronyms

20 Don’t be Shy to Share Obtain an objective review of your resume/CV
Share your resume/CV with a colleague in the specific department that you are targeting for a job Keep updating resume and CV Be true to the facts

21 Cover Letters – Industry Job Search
Cover Letter + Resume = Industry Job Search Paragraph 1 – Express interest in opportunity + How you found out about it Paragraph 2 – What you have to offer to the potential employer; specific matches between your qualifications and the job Paragraph 3 – Follow up and Next Steps

22 Cover Letters –Academic Job Search
Cover Letter + CV = Academic Job Search Paragraph 1 – Express interest in opportunity + funding situation Paragraphs 2/3 – Work/mentors as a Post Doc + work/mentors as a Ph.D. Paragraph 4 – Future research focus Paragraph 5 – Follow up and Next Steps

23 Research Statements – Academic Job Search
Research Summary Graduate Research (mentor + lab) Post Doctoral Research (mentor + lab) Future Research Plans (may include abstracts) Optimum is 3-5 pages; may be more if abstracts are included Educational Plan/Teaching Plan may also be required

24 Questions Follow up: Bori Stoyanova Lynette Jones

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