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Assembling Your Employment Package Your package cover letter curriculum vitae or résumé statement of interests letters of recommendation additional materials Job Search Web Sites 1) Academic Careers Online http://www.academiccareers.com/

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Assembling Your Employment Package


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Your package

  • cover letter

  • curriculum vitae or résumé

  • statement of interests

  • letters of recommendation

  • additional materials


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Job Search Web Sites

1) Academic Careers Online http://www.academiccareers.com/

2) ScienceCareers.org http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/

3) Yahoo HotJobs http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/

4) Biospace http://www.biospace.com/

5) Monster.com http://jobsearch.monster.com/

6) NatureJobs http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html

7) Science Careers http://resumegenie.com/jobs.asp?job=scientific%20career

8) Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/jobs/

9) New Scientist http://www.sciencejobs.com/search.action

10) Abbott, Langer and Associates http://www.abbott-langer.com/biosumm.html?po01

11) Biotech Career Center http://www.biotechcareercenter.com/index.html

12) Academic Keys for the Sciences http://sciences.academickeys.com/index.php



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CV versus résumé

  • CV

    • academic and some research jobs

    • comprehensive record

  • resume

    • most non-academic jobs

    • 1-2 page summary

    • tailored to job


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Similarities

  • your may be one of hundreds

  • will be scanned initially, not read

  • make it clear and concise

  • write it yourself

  • avoid errors


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Résumés

  • education

  • experience

  • skills, techniques

    • research methods

    • computer

    • languages

  • awards, honors


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Résumés

  • chronological

    • emphasize development

    • may be best if continuing

  • skills

    • emphasize skills

    • de-emphasize career disruptions

    • may be best if changing


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Experience: Highlight yourself

Biogen Corporation,

New Wilmington, KY

Staff Scientist


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Experience: Highlight yourself

Biogen Corporation,

New Wilmington, KY

Staff Scientist

Staff Scientist

Biogen Corporation

New Wilmington, KY


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Experience: Use action verbs

Responsible for supervising three technicians


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Experience: Use action verbs

Responsible for supervising three technicians

Supervised three technicians


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Résumés: “Chronological” versus “skills”

  • chronological: career progression

  • skills: talents


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RésumésScience Next Wave16 July 1999

  • paper version

  • scannable version

  • electronic version


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Scannable

Résumés

Peter FiskeScience Next Wave16 July 1999


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Formatting scannable resumes

  • use 8.5” x 11” white paper

  • do not fold, staple

  • send original (laser printed)

  • use standard typefaces, dark type

  • don’t condense spacing

  • use all caps for section headings

  • avoid embellishments

Peter Fiske


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Scannable resumes: Maximizing “hits”

  • use common headings

  • include specifics (name software, etc.)

  • describe interpersonal traits

  • use >1 page if necessary


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Academic curriculum vitae:sections

  • Education

  • Appointments

  • Awards

  • Professional Societies

  • Grants

  • Teaching Experience

  • Publications


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Publications: key variables

  • no. of peer-reviewed, research articles

  • quality of journals

  • length of paper

  • number of related papers

  • number of authors

  • your place in the list of authors


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Publications

  • separate types of articles

    • research articles

    • review articles

    • abstracts


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Publications

  • separate types of articles

  • make sure citation is accurate

    • authors (names, order)

    • journal

    • pages, volume, year


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Publications

  • separate types of articles

  • make sure authorship accurate

  • use accurate designations for status

    • published

    • in press

    • under revision

    • submitted


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Cover Letters

January 17, 1997

Dear Dr. Allen:

I am writing in response

to the advertisement for neuro-

scientist published in the January

14, 1997 issue of The Journal of


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Cover letter

  • form

    • very brief (1 page)

    • write to a person

    • use their words


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Cover letter

  • form

    • very brief (1 page)

    • write to a person

    • use their words

  • contents

    • what responding to

    • your qualifications

    • enclosures

    • plans for follow up



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Statement of interests: Form

  • introduction

  • past history

  • current activities

  • future directions


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Statement of interests: General

  • brief (1-4 pages)

  • carefully written

  • use headers



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Letters of recommendation

  • from whom

  • how to request

  • what to provide


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Letters from whom?key variables

  • how well they know you

  • how enthusiastic they are

  • how specific they are

  • who they are


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How to request

“Can you provide a strong recommendation…


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How to request

“Can you provide a strong recommendation…

...for this job…


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How to request

“Can you provide a strong recommendation…

...for this job…

...by this date?


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What to provide

  • job description

  • CV or résumé

  • statement of interest

  • additional materials


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What to provide

  • job description

  • CV or résumé

  • statement of interest

  • additional materials

  • brief personal presentation



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Additional materials

  • reprints

  • manuscripts

  • fellowship application

  • teaching portfolio



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Managing your job search

  • make it easy to find you


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Managing your job search

  • make it easy to find you

  • maintain complete records


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Managing your job search

  • make it easy to find you

  • maintain complete records

  • prepare to be interviewed without warning


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Managing your job search

  • make it easy to find you

  • maintain complete records

  • prepare to be interviewed without warning

  • be prepared to travel



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Job interviews

  • formal discussions

  • informal discussions

  • questions: answering and asking

  • delivering a “job talk”


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“Job talks”

  • standard 1-hr research seminar

    • introduction (5-10 min)

    • internal sections (25-35 min)

    • closing (5-10 min)

    • questions (10 min)


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“Job talks”

  • standard 1-hr research seminar

  • specifics:

    • emphasize your role

    • acknowledge others

    • discuss future directions


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Summary

  • consider a wide range of options

  • get lots of info on self and careers

  • assemble dynamite package

  • prepare to visit

    • answering questions

    • asking questions