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  1. Preparing for an Academic career – Resume writing Shari Walsh Postgraduate Career Counsellor

  2. Agenda • Dr Barbara Adkins • What can you do during your PhD? • Academic resume writing • Resume review Hugh Kearns

  3. Services for Students • Careers Fairs • Careers and Futures Fair • Education Careers Fair • International Careers Fair • Virtual Careers Fair • Career Mentor Scheme • Career Counselling • Specialising in: • Undergraduate • Postgraduate • International • Graduate Outcomes • Job Seeking Resources • Resume Feedback • Response in 5 working days • Email • QUT CareerHub • Casual Jobs • Graduate/postgraduate jobs • Jobs whilst studying • Vacation Jobs • Events and Workshops • On-Campus Company Presentations • Resource Guides and Publications • Work Experience Insurance • Workshops and Workbooks • Access to Going Global

  4. Preparing for an Academic Career

  5. Considerations • Thesis • Theory development, integration of literature • Research design and implementation • Data analysis and interpretation • Application of results • Involvement in research team • Where to from here? Future research directions • Publications • Authorship • Impact factor, ERA, • Citations

  6. Considerations • Grants • $$$$$ how much, who, what for? • Your role – CI? Assistant? Supervised RA’s? • Outcomes – conferences, publications, report? • Grant websites search – Australia • Collaborations • For what? Conference committee, journal reviews • National or international

  7. Other development? • Tutoring? • RA work? • Guest lectures? • Conferences?

  8. Where do I find out about positions? • • University websites • • The Australian – Higher Education section – Wed • Networks!

  9. Writing an Academic Resume

  10. How Long Does the Average Employer spend looking at a Resume? 20 – 40 seconds!!! What is your job? Use the right language Understand what they are looking for Help the employer to make the best decision about you

  11. Before applying –Find out relevant information!

  12. Understand the institution • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a highly successful Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research. • The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions. • Oxfordwas the first University in the English-speaking world. Our aim is to remain at the forefront of centres of learning, teaching and research. 

  13. What areas should you include? Personal details Career objective/skills statement/personal profile etc Education Work experience Achievements General skills Interests/Hobbies Publications/conferences/grants/media Referees PLUS ANY OTHER SECTIONS RELEVANT TO YOUR BACKGROUND

  14. Do’s and Don’ts Spell check and proof read Well presented easy to read 4 pages maximum Matches their requirements with your skills Lets your personality show though Don’t get it done by a professional- should be in your own words Don’t be dishonest!

  15. Styles of Resume (Templates) Choose the layout and design YOUlike – there is no ‘correct’ style Chronological Functional Combination Chronological/Functional Academic

  16. Personal Details Name Contact details Nationality, date of birth, health, marital status/children, any other discriminatory information, all optional

  17. Personal statement/career summary Your chance to shine & grab their attention Make it personal to you Don’t copy nice sounding phrases Avoid clichés

  18. Education How far back to go? How much detail to go into? Academic transcripts Other educational achievements

  19. Education - PhD • What was your primary research question? • What was the outcome/ is expected? • What implications does this have for the ‘real’ world? • My research into.... found/is expected to find... This means....

  20. Work experience Break into sections career-related/ none career-related Academic, research, professional All jobs are valuable – what skills did you use? Relevant experience is best Include voluntary or community work Role, dates, responsibilities, skills & achievements

  21. Focus on your skills – be specific • Good communication skills • Excellent oral communication skills in a range of contexts • Able to effectively communicate with a variety of people

  22. Achievements Sporting, cultural, community etc. Awards, positions of responsibility Remember C A R

  23. Interests/Hobbies Can add ‘colour’ and personality to your Resume What will an employer read into your extra-curricular interests? Level of involvement ‘I enjoy rugby’

  24. Referees 3 ideally Should include PhD supervisor and direct work supervisor Ask them first Or ‘Available on Request’

  25. Publications & Conference Presentations BOLD your name in authorship listing Most recent Most relevant Full list (probably on a separate document) – refer to in resume

  26. Resume review exercise In small groups hand round your Resume and note on each persons: One thing you like (that you may not have thought of yourself) One thing you suggest changing and why Feedback, Feedback, Feedback

  27. Upcoming workshops • Understanding myself and my work style • Wed April 21, 1 – 4pm, V714 GP • Personality profile, • Impact on working relationships and task completion • Identifying your strengths • Networking Know-How • Tues May 4, 1 – 4 pm, Q430 KG • What is networking and why is it useful? • Developing skills for effective networking Register on CareerHub at

  28. Contact Careers and Employment PHONE Gardens Point: 07 3138 2649 Kelvin Grove: 07 3138 3488 Caboolture 07 5316 7400 LOCATION Gardens Point Campus: Level 2, X Block Reception: Room X222 Kelvin Grove Campus: Level 4, C Block (Above the Refectory) Caboolture Campus: Student Centre - J Block EMAIL WEBSITE

  29. Thank You & Good Luck Please Complete an evaluation sheet before leaving