How PhDs Can Build a Resume for Industry

In this 25-minute webinar with Jennifer Polk, PhD and Chela White-Ramsey, PhD, you’ll learn how to transform your CV into an impact-based resume. Chela shares the differences between academic and industry documents, the do’s and don’ts of resume design, and essential strategies to showcase relevant skills for the job you want.

Academia vs Industry

While a CV is an extensive overview of your full academic career, a resume is a concise document designed to make you stand out from the competition. “It can be challenging to transform your CV into a resume that sets you apart,” says Chela, especially when these documents are much shorter than you may be used to. The solution is to create an impact-based resume. Chela explains what an impact-based resume is in the webinar below.

CV Versus Resume

In many academic job searches, the longer the CV the better. However, when you’re applying to industry jobs, you want a concise document that highlights only relevant work experience. “Long resumes filled with irrelevant content is one of the things I see most from PhDs,” says Chela. To prevent this, knowing the anatomy of a resume and how to tailor your skills to a specific job is key. See what pointers Chela offers to help you move transferable skills and keywords from your CV onto your resume.

How do Employers See You?

Did you know that employers spend on average 6 seconds reviewing your resume? Or, that most resumes don’t even make it to the recruiter or hiring manager’s desk? “Most resumes are not even read by a person. They’re scanned for keywords by applicant tracking systems,” says Chela. So first impressions matter! Don’t bury your skills with unnecessary fluff.

Dos and Don’ts on Your Resume

“There’s all this research that demonstrates that people who have higher achievements and higher levels of education might come down heavy on themselves and might be a little harder . . . and suffer from some of that imposter syndrome,” shares Chela. The good news is that there are ways to circumvent this feeling. The most important step is to go forward confidently – show recruiters that you have the skills they want, but don’t go overboard. Learn Chela’s formula for how to create this balance as you build your own resume.

Keep it Professional – especially on social media

Recruiters love learning about their potential employees. Can you guess where they go to find out more? That’s right! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are all fair game to employers. Chela recommends thinking of the image you want to portray. Does your profile best represent your career goals, or is it a little too unfiltered? Your extracurricular online content can make or break your career, so get the scoop from Chela on how to keep your brand professional.

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