Tools & Tips | How-To Series
How to Craft a Winning Résumé
Learn how to craft the documents (resumes, CVs, cover letters) you need to make a great first impression.
From "Tooling Up"
- How to Write a Winning Résumé — Peter Fiske
The purpose of a Résumé or a CV is to get you an INTERVIEW. Getting the job comes later.
- Tooling Up: Resumé Rocket Science, 2007 — Dave Jensen
There's little consensus among experts on what constitutes a good CV or resumé. But it is possible to identify some common threads in their advice.
- Conducting an Authentic Job Search — Dave Jensen
Many technical professionals don't like the job search because they think they have to be insincere to do well. Not true, says our Tooling Up columnist.
- The Cover Letter: Door Opener Par Excellence — Dave Jensen
Writing something powerful, yet short, is the single most difficult kind of business writing.
- CVs That Open Industry Doors — Dave Jensen
A brief refresher on some of the most common concerns regarding preparation of your own personal "marketing materials."
- A Résumé Makeover — Peter Fiske
Step 1 to improving your Résumé: Read the job ad.
- Notes From a Recruiter's Diary: A Plethora of CVs — Dave Jensen
Competition is tight and readers are right to be concerned. But the numbers sound scarier than they really are.
- Are You Job Hunting or Job Fishing? — Peter Fiske
Landing the best jobs, like snagging the best fish, takes hard work and patience.
- Urban Legends of the Job Search — Dave Jensen
Some myths surrounding the job application.
- Tips for a Successful CV – S. A. Webb
Careful CV craftsmanship and maintenance serve academic scientists well at every stage of their careers.
- How to Get Hired in Academia – A. Fazekas
What are hiring committees at colleges and universities looking for in faculty-job applicants?
- Writing the Teaching Statement – R. N. Austin
Teaching statements, an obligatory part of most faculty applications, can be painful to write and even more painful to read. Here's how to minimize the pain for everyone–and make your teaching statement work to your advantage.
- Writing a Winning Cover Letter – J. Borchardt
A good cover letter should accentuate your distinctiveness and inspire the hiring committee to learn more about you.
- What Is a Résumé Hole and How Do I Fill It? Part 1 – Adrienne Kitts
What Is a Résumé Hole and How Do I Fill It? Part 2 – Adrienne Kitts
There are tools you can use to improve your chances of employment after a prolonged period of inactivity.
- CVs for Postdocs Leaving Academia – Career Doctor
Although a CV can always be improved, it is your personal marketing document, so don't incorporate any feedback you disagree with.
- From an Employer's Wish-List to Your CV, Part 1 – Career Doctor
From an Employer's Wish-List to Your CV, Part 2 – Career Doctor
If it looks as though your list of skills and the job description are a good match, then you now have enough ammunition to start writing up your CV.