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CV/Resume & Cover Letter Writing for Non-Academic Careers. Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D. [email protected] Director, Academic & Professional Development The Graduate School UNC Chapel Hill. Career Development. LinkedIn Lab – Oct 14, 3:30-5pm Teaching Statement – Oct 22, noon-1:30pm

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Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

CV/Resume & Cover Letter Writingfor Non-Academic Careers

Brian Rybarczyk, [email protected], Academic & Professional Development

The Graduate School

UNC Chapel Hill


Career development

Career Development

  • LinkedIn Lab – Oct 14, 3:30-5pm

  • Teaching Statement – Oct 22, noon-1:30pm

  • Interviewing for Academic Positions – Oct 28, 3:30-5pm

  • Career Symposium – Sat. November 1

  • Masters/PhD Career Fair – Nov 20

  • Etiquette Luncheon – January 2015


Goals

Goals

  • Learn about structures and conventions of application materials

  • Compare resumes and CVs

  • Analyze job ads to help structure cover letters

  • Increase your confidence in applying for non-academic positions - transferable skills

  • Tailor your own CV and cover letter


Career trajectory master s

Career Trajectory: Master’s

Source: Wendler, C. et al. (2012) Pathways Through Graduate School into Careers. Educational Testing Service.


Career trajectory doctorate

Career Trajectory: Doctorate

Source: Wendler, C. et al. (2012) Pathways Through Graduate School into Careers. Educational Testing Service.


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Job

Position

Cover

Letter

CV/resume

Other Application Materials

References/letters


How long do prospective employers look at your cv resume and cover letter

How long do prospective employers look at your CV/resume and cover letter?

A) 30 seconds

B) 2-3 minutes

C) 20 minutes

D) throughout the hiring process


What are they really looking for

What Are “They” REALLY Looking For?

  • Communication Skills

  • Experience

  • Productivity

  • Specific skill set based on position

  • Other qualifications specified in job ad


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Academic

Non-Academic

Critical thinking

Team work/collaboration

Communication skills

Business acumen

Project management

Application to new situations

Experience

Creativity

Organization

  • Area of research/scholarship

  • Productivity: pubs & presentations

  • Teaching

  • Grant writing

  • Fit with potential colleagues


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Strategy Development Process to Achieve Competitive Advantage

Distinctive Competencies –

Differentiation Advantage

Or

Cost Advantage

Resources

Value Creation

Strategy

Capabilities

What do you have to offer that they want?

Activity 1: What’s your Differentiation Advantage?

http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/


Experience

EXPERIENCE

You can translate the experience you have to the job you’re applying to

Either you have it

OR


Skills what skills

Skills? What Skills?

Supervision Skills:

  • Scheduling and monitoring groups

  • Managing conflict

  • Train, coach, coordinate events

  • Develop new ideas, solutions


Skills

Skills!

Interpersonal and Communications:

  • Public speaking, professional presentations, lectures

  • Writing, editing

  • Performance feedback to students

  • Mediation, counseling, collaboration


And more skills

And more Skills!

Research and Planning skills:

  • Creating new ideas

  • Problem-solving

  • Identifying resources, synthesizing information

  • Analysis, program development, outcome evaluation

  • Documentation

  • Research


What can you do

What Can You Do?

  • Who and what you know – connect with others working outside of academia

  • Networking is crucial, most jobs found through contacts, not blanketing job ads

  • Reframe education (transferable skills)

  • Convince expert (hiring manager) and nonexpert (HR person) to move your application along

  • Keywords, targeting works


What if

What if…

  • I don’t have a lot of publications?

    • Explain type of research/project

    • Describe progress of the project

  • I don’t have the right skills to match job?

    • Seek out opportunities to gain experience

    • Think about projects differently

    • May not be the right job for you

  • I have experience in other areas…

    • Highlight transferable skills

    • Management skills, project development, teaching, organization


Cover letter advice

Cover Letter Advice

Action

Message

Know your audience

Detailed and organized

Can do all that is required

Non selective, may not be able to fulfill responsibilities

Not serious about THIS position

  • Address properly

  • Match materials to correct position

  • Address all aspects of the job description

  • Stretch your fit for the position

  • Missing/Generic letter


Non academic jobs

Non-Academic Jobs

  • May require a resume instead of CV

  • Determine the position’s priorities – reorder CV/resume

  • Translate skills learned to position (in cover letter)

  • Reframe research and teaching to match industry you’re entering…strong communication skills, complex problem solving


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

RESUME

  • Selective entries

  • Related experience

  • Work experience

  • Skills

  • Outcome based (results)

  • Quantify

  • Publications & presentations to highlight communication skills (selective)

  • Summary – highlights of experience pertaining to job description, not necessarily goals.

CV

  • Lists everything

  • All academic experience

  • Research/teaching

  • Skills

  • Task/descriptive based

  • Pubs & presentations to highlight scholarly productivity (comprehensive)


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Education

Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature – A.B.D., expected 2015

Large Research University, City, State

Dissertation title:

Advisor:

B.A. English Literature, minor Art History – Cornell University 2010


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Teaching Experience

Instructor, ENG250 – Spring 2014

Instructor, ENG322 – Fall 2013

TA for English 101 – Spring 2013


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

Teaching Experience

Large Public University, City, State, Graduate Instructor, 2013- present

ENGL 102 – Grammar and Structure

ENGL 101 – Essentials of Language

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Large Public University, City, State

Grammar and Structure (undergraduates, Spring 2014)Essentials of Language (undergraduates, Fall 2013)

Teaching Assistant, Small School, City, State

Introductory Writing (undergraduates, Fall 2012)


Cv resume cover letter writing for non academic careers

PUBLICATIONS

Your name, author 2, author 3. Year. Title. Journal, Issue.

GRANTS

Title of grant, funding agency, duration, amount (role: PI)

Exploration of North Carolina’s Water Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, 2010-2013, $10,000 (role: Director, PI: Dr. Smith)


Resume skills outcomes

RESUMESkills & Outcomes

Research Experience

Pubs, grants, presentations

Teaching Experience

Work Experience

EXPERIENCE


Resume experience

Resume Experience

Experience

Research Assistant, UNC Chapel Hill, 2010-present

  • Directed two research projects focused on the development of new technology to enhance drug delivery to cancer tissue

  • Supervised five undergraduate students, each with unique projects, over three years

  • Published three papers in top science journals

  • Awarded $30,000 in research funding from American Cancer Society

What would your Experience entry look like?


General guidance

General Guidance

  • Know your audience – need to tailor documents for position and place

  • Describe experiences to illustrate marketable skills

  • Highlight results and accomplishments – not just tasks

  • Quantify and qualify

  • Break up long sentences

  • Be consistent – dates, formatting, etc

  • Absolutely no mistakes allowed – Proofread!

  • Importance is shown by order (top to bottom, left to right) reverse chronological order

  • Use text formatting to make information easy to find (i.e. bold, underlines, bullets), and headings but do not overdo it


Don ts

DON’TS

  • Forget to seek assistance

  • Length

    • CV’s 3-5 for early career, 15-20 for senior scholars

    • Resume 1-2 pages

  • Include unnecessary information - i.e. interests, hobbies, martial status, age, race, and religious affiliations, astrological sign, kids names, etc.

  • Be humorous or cute

  • Be careful of CV advice from UK websites

  • Pad


Social media

Social Media

  • Ensure consistency

  • Dangers of what is public – think about transition from grad student/trainee to professional

    • Blogs, Facebook

  • LinkedIn – (more resume like than CV)

    • Summary important – who, what, why unique

      http://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelesterline

      show that you’re connected, you know field


Resources

Resources

The Chronicle’s CV Doctor

http://chronicle.com/article/The-CV-Doctor-Is-Back-/49086/


Reflection

REFLECTION

  • Write down and commit to at least TWO follow-up action steps you will take in the next 2 weeks related to developing your resume, cover letter, job search, career development


Resources1

Resources

  • Versatile PhD – Premium Content – Hiring Success Stories – samples

  • University Career Services - http://careers.unc.edu

  • Beyond Academe - http://www.beyondacademe.com/

  • LinkedIn advice http://tarheelsintransit.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/writing-an-effective-linkedin-summary/

  • http://www.chrisbrogan.com/write-your-linkedin-profile-for-your-future/

  • Faculty and other students/postdocs in your depts

  • Resumes

    • http://careerdevelopment.brown.edu/phd/resumes_cover_letters


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