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CVs for Science and Engineering PhD Students. What is a CV?. A detailed record of your previous experiences and qualifications? A showcase for your key achievements and skills? A slick piece of self-marketing?

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Cvs for science and engineering phd students

CVs for Science and Engineering PhD Students


What is a cv

What is a CV?

  • A detailed record of your previous experiences and qualifications?

  • A showcase for your key achievements and skills?

  • A slick piece of self-marketing?

  • Relevant information which stops a recruiter thinking too hard about whether you could do the job


Help yourself by helping the recruiter

Help yourself by helping the recruiter

  • They try to build up a picture of what you have done in specific situations...

  • ...so that they can imagine what you might do in similar situations in the job

  • Your application is all they have

  • They don’t have much time to think about it

  • They are not going to indulge in any guess work which gives you the benefit of the doubt


Cv layouts

CV layouts

  • Reverse chronological

  • Experience-focussed

  • Skills-focussed


The two golden rules

The two golden rules

The more relevant something is...

  • ...the more detail you can give and the more space you can take up

  • ...the easier to find you should make it


A few more guidelines

A few more guidelines

  • Maximum of 2 pages for the main CV

    • academic CV can include more detailed appendices including details of research, conferences, posters, publications, etc.

  • Reverse chronological

    • within each section


Know the job

Know the job

  • What does the advert say?

  • What type of person are they seeking?

  • What skills and qualities would the ideal candidate possess?

  • How would those qualities be used in different situations in the job?


Know yourself

Know yourself

  • Review your experiences (not just work)

  • Identify examples of situations which illustrate how you have used relevant skills and qualities


Common mistakes most people make

Common mistakes most people make

  • Inconsistent, unhelpful and confusing layout and formatting

  • Spelling mistakes

  • Wasting space on unimportant stuff

  • Too much waffle and irrelevant info

  • Not enough useful detail

    • what you did, how you did it, how well

    • quantity, extent, quality, challenge, difficulty

    • achievements, outcomes, impact, success


Mistakes academics make non academic jobs

Mistakes academics make (non-academic jobs)

  • Just focusing on the details of your research topic rather than your actions

  • Just focusing on technical achievements or skills

  • Too much technical/scientific jargon

  • Believing that anyone other than academics needs a list of all your publications or academic awards


Presenting your evidence

Presenting your evidence

  • Think actionverbs

    • analysed, developed, evaluated, increased, initiated, implemented, led, liaised, organised, planned, presented, supervised, etc.

  • Think concrete quantities

    • “5,000 items”, “£50,000”, “team of twelve”

  • Think real-world results

    • “4 weeks before deadline”, “25% increase”, “excellent feedback”, “successful implementation”


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