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The first step in any job search is to ensure that your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is ready for submission to prospective employers. For those of you who may still be struggling with the difference between a resume and a CV, a resume is usually a 1-2 page synopsis of who you are, where you have been and what you have done. In contrast, a CV is a much longer document that does the same thing as a resume but in much greater and granular detail. For most scientific positions a CV is the preferred document style. However, in some cases, employers may request a resume so pay attention before you submit your application.

While most people believe that a resume or CV is simply a list of your education, skillsets and experience, there is a preferred style, format and way to write a resume/CV that will enhance the possibility of securing a interview for the position. That said, it takes many years of resume/CV writing to perfect the process–something that many of you may not have time to do.  If you are unsure about how to write a resume/CV or have not updated your “paper” in many years, the quickest way to being applying for jobs is to hire a professional resume/CV writer to do it for you.  Generally speaking, this will cost anywhere from $200-$500.  Sadly, many graduate students and postdocs don’t have the money to invest in resume writing and in many cases are unable to craft a job winning resume/CV.

If you are unable to hire a resume writing professional, I came across a DIY solution called Scientific Resumes. Apparently this service company exclusively caters to graduate students and postdocs looking for resume/CV writing help.  In addition to their automated self-help products, they offer resume proofreading services and I suspect customized resume/CV writing too.  I have not used or carefully evaluated their products but it may be worth a visit to their website.

 

Good Luck and Good Job Hunting!!!!

Clifford S. Mintz, Ph.D. is the founder of BioInsights, Inc. and serves as its Chairman and CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an expert in the fields of molecular biology, microbiology, and bioscience education. Dr. Mintz spent seven years as a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, where he conducted laboratory research and taught microbiology and molecular biology to undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students. After leaving academia, Dr. Mintz spent two years at Transcell Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company in Monmouth Junction, NJ where he was lead scientist and project manger of an antibacterial drug discovery program. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Mintz was Chairman of Biology at Middlesex County College, (a two-year college located in Edison, NJ) where he helped to craft a bioscience technician training program. For the past two years, Dr. Mintz has been a bioscience education consultant to a variety of colleges, education organizations, and state government agencies