Paring down your CV…

In the past several months I’ve found myself in a new predicament: how to trim down my CV into a resume in order to apply for jobs outside of academia. For most of my graduate career, I was very focused on “bulking up” my CV with presentations, awards, outreach work… anything thing to elevate it from “wimpy” resume status to “impressive!” and “important!” CV status. If you’ve ever read one of your professor’s CVs you’ll know what I mean. But since my career interests lie outside of academia, I’ve had to reverse the process for many job applications… but without producing something that looks “wimpy” again.

Resumes don’t have to be wimpy at all. If you are selective about what you include, pay close attention to what traits and skills your potential employer is seeking, and format it carefully, your resume can be a powerful document. Here are some resources to get you started…

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education provides some excellent tips here.
  • More great advice from the University of Michigan here.
  • UCLA provides a sample resume adapted from a CV here.