Applying for Jobs

This is the last step in the career planning process (many people make the mistake of starting here!)

After you have:

  1. identified your skills, interests and values
  2. selected career options that will meet your needs
  3. networked with people working in the organizations you are targeting

Then you will be ready to create a strong targeted resume and cover letter. The most common error postdocs make when creating a resume is to forgo tailoring it –it is incredibly important to take the time to examine the positing and identify all the skills they are looking for –including all the soft skills (communication, team work etc.) Once you know what they want, it will be much easier for you to ensure that you have addressed all of the things they are interested in and not to take space with information they are less concerned about (i.e. They may not need to know that you used X technique, but they may need evidence that you can manage people or communicate well). 

Here is a table that outlines the differences between an academic CV and a resume:

Here is a summary of what to include in your cover letter:

The following guides and sample industry resumes will help you to see what kind of information employers in industry are looking for:

  1. http://ocs.fas.harvard.edu/resources
  2. http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/gradstud/resumesamples.php
  3. http://graduate.dartmouth.edu/careers/services/resume.html
  4. http://www.careereducation.columbia.edu/resources/basics#OnPaper