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Scientific Approach for Scientific Resumés

Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 5:10 PM
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There is an abundance of resumé-writing how-tos on the Net, and another one won't hurt. In this article I found through ACM Technews, three recruitment consultants share their insights on how to write resumés (CVs) for jobs related to science and technology.

The crux of CV-writing, as most experts often stress, is to put your best foot forward, in terms of relevant achievements and skills, while avoiding information overload (especially the irrelevant ones). The stuff you prune from your paper CV (the hard copy) can go into your online resumé, after all.

After reading the article, I felt that I needed to revise my own CV. Several worthy points discussed there:

  • Keep the CV short. Employers scan the document for less than 30 seconds. If they get lost in a jungle of jargon and irrelevant info, you CV ends up in the trash bin.
  • Changing your CV for each job is dangerous.
  • Information such as references, publications, and articles may go into appendices; main CV looks clean.
  • Keep the CV up to date!

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Anonymous Anonymous @ 12/11/2005 3:00 AM

And as I have heard, it should only be one page in length (main CV). In my case, I discarded those information which I think has nothing to do with the job (well not exactly everything :P).

My problem was not exactly in the Resume (when I applied for a job, which has no relation whatsoever with my degree). I stuttered in my [first] job interview and gave some irrelevant answers :|

Maybe I should have followed the Sims - practice in the mirror :)    

Blogger Corsarius @ 12/11/2005 4:04 PM

to fleeb: Argh. Job interviews! ;) After the CV, it's the one that makes or breaks us, i guess.    

Blogger ia @ 12/11/2005 5:10 PM

"Keep the CV short."

hah! and previously you wouldn't take CAPES's word for it? :P    

Blogger Corsarius @ 12/11/2005 6:12 PM

to ia: wah! i'm so sorry. but the hard CV i submitted was relatively short, compared with my online CV.    

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