For most graduate students, their resumes are dusty, outdated documents that are lost somewhere in the files. If you are like most graduate students, then you could benefit from learning a few tips on how to create a great resume!
Here is a brief recap of how to make a great graduate student resume:
- You can use your CV as a reference, but consider this as a totally new document with a new purpose: to briefly showcase your relevant skills
- Research is the basis for a great, well-crafted resume
- You need to target each and every resume for the job you apply for - this means you will have to edit and change the order of various sections and the text of bullets to be geared towards various positions to better align with the job you are after
- Resumes should be one page! (Two pages is sometimes acceptable)
- You generally need a cover letter in addition to a resume when applying to industry jobs
- Font size needs to be 11 or 12
- Typical sections include education, relevant experience, and skills - utilizing clear titles for sections will be important to organizing your experiences
- You need 3-5 bullet points per place of work where you elaborate beyond duties and discuss what you did, how you did it, and outcomes/results of your work (hint: include transferable skills!)
Check out UCSB’s Career Services resume tips for more information and please consider coming in to meet with me to review your resume!