Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Resumes and C.V.s for graduating Ph.D.s

The Llama and I are starting to gear up for a transition into the job market since graduation is on the (far) distant horizon. We're planning to apply for jobs in both the public and the private sector since we've heard that the job market is fairly bleak. By way of a summary of the advice for Ph.D. graduates to find a job, we've heard:
  • Maintain a web presence; employers should be able to Google you to learn more about you.
    • At minimum, maintain a Google Scholar and LinkedIn profile.
  • Prepare multiple job application documents targeted towards different domains; private industry generally isn't interested in the same factors as academia. This description of the difference between CVs and resumes seems to agree with other sources I've read.
    • Industry resumes should be short (i.e. 1 page) and focus on your skills and what you've delivered with those skills.
    • Academic C.V.s can be longer and should focus on your publication record.
  • You have an incredibly small window of time that you are under consideration, and you are competing against thousands of other applications. You need to convince the reader that you are worth further consideration within 5 to 7 seconds.
The advice regarding content differences between the academic C.V. and the industry resume confuses me a bit. Some advice recommends excluding publications. To me, peer-reviewed publications are the "deliverable" in academia; they are demonstrative of both your skill sets and ability to deliver. However, if the advice is recommending that the line
  • Developed and implemented a genome assembly algorithm and used it to assemble 1000 human genomes de novo in 50% less time than the field's standard.
is better than the line
  •  Barkley, C., Bird, L., Jordan, M. (2015) Sequence assembly using de Bruijn graphs and colored dunking. Bioinfoballers 3:182-198.
then I agree with the premise.

Here are a few $\LaTeX$ templates that we think look pretty nice:

The pedigree on this template seems to be Matthew Boedicker begets David J. Grant begets Todd C. Miller begets Derek R. Hildreth; I found it both at the David Grant and the Derek Hildreth generation:
David Grant's template and Derek Hildreth's template

Another nice one originates from a ${\LaTeX}$ file posted by Bradley P. Carlin, which itself was adapted from a template by Theodore P. Palvic (Dr. Palvic's original can be found here).

And another one: Modern CV at latextemplates.com.

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