We received this invitation to join a workshop focused on academic ventures. If you’re interested, apply before May 1.
We invite you to participate in the New England Future Faculty Workshop for Underrepresented Groups in STEM Fields (NE-FFW) on the Northeastern University campus in Boston, Massachusetts on July 10, 2018. The NE-FFW is designed specifically for underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields who are late-stage PhD students and postdoctoral scholars and interested in an academic career.
The NE-FFW is focused on the academic job search. The format of the one-day workshop includes faculty-led interactive discussions and peer-to-peer interactions. Workshop topics include: Finding Your Institutional Fit, Standing Out in the Interview, Reviewing CVs, Developing a Research Statement, Negotiating the Job Offer, and more. To learn more about the New England Future Faculty Workshop for Underrepresented Groups in STEM Fields, go to: http://www.northeastern.edu/advance/recruitment/future-faculty-workshop/
To participate in the NE-FFW, there are several steps interested people need to take:
- Apply online by May 1, 2018.
- Submit a 300 word statement about why they want to participate
- Submit a CV
- Submit a diversity statement (1 page or less)
- Await notification of acceptance on May 16, 2018
- Confirm participation in workshop by paying a $50 registration fee by June 1, 2018
Please share this with colleagues. This unique opportunity is one you won’t want to miss. We hope to meet you in Boston in July!
NE-FWW Planning Committee
Penny Beuning, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Jan Rinehart, Executive Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development
Erinn Taylor de Barroso, Assistant Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development
During this webinar hosted by BioCareers, Lauren Celano, founder of Propel Careers, covered tips on how to build an effective resume for industry. Click through to find out more!
– Differences and similarities between resume and CV
– Content Advice
– Formatting Advice
– Resume examples
– What happens to your resume, CV and cover letter after you submit an application
– Differences and similarities between resume and CV
Be succinct, include big picture summaries of your research
– Want to include a personal email address so that your email doesn’t bounce if you move institutions
– Important to tailor your research for each role as people may not be as familiar with the science
Resumes: Do not include:
– Personal Information (DOB, family or relationship status)
– Be careful with hobbies: interesting hobbies are okay if they are inline with company culture (e.g. the whole office goes rock climbing)
– Academic CVs do not show what you did and what techniques you did…
– A resume provides more details that the reader can take away vs. a CV which does not provide a lot of clarity around what you have done.
– In a resume, you get to choose to highlight what you choose to share among your experiences and should be really tailored to the position/industry you are applying for.
What should you highlight?
It depends on where you are applying!
Think about what you have done and how it can align with a future job!
10 seconds is the average time a HR person looks at your resume or CV!
How do you format your documents so that your application gets through the initial screening process?
– Number of pages depends on the field, finance etc, may be 1 page
– Your name with credential (e.g. PhD), have a professional email, if you are international and have US citizenship/green card, PUT THIS ON YOUR RESUME otherwise they may assume you cannot legally work in the US.
– Summary of Qualifications (vs. Objective – as this may change)
– What are the top 3 things you want people to know about your qualifications? Science skills, leadership, management etc.
Example for industry R&D scientists:
Wording matters – e.g. “Research studies the role of XXY with an emphasis on key proteins such as A and B”. — vs. “Research studies chronic X disease and the role of key proteins in XX environment”. Make it easier to understand!!
– Sub headings can be useful!! Different strategies:
– Small company biotech
Values grants and appreciates entrepreneurial mindset
Highlight project leads, business-orientated competitions and diagnosis
– Non-bench application:
Collaborations, not highlighting techniques
– Business Development Roles:
Highlights business experience over research experience
For bench roles:
– List your experience and what you want to do. If you don’t want to do animal work etc, don’t list it!
For non-bench roles:
– List other skills, i.e. imaging software, statistical software etc
– Have someone else review your resume, outside your field for several reasons:
1. Wording is okay and understandable to outsiders
2. Details!!! Formatting is correct: bullet points are aligned, etc
If using 2 pages, use a full second page. i.e. try not to squish sections, add other sections if you need to overflow. Use all the space you have!
– Use bullet points and formatting to help focus attention! Rolls of text is hard to read and focus on.
Writing a cover letter:
Often cover letters get separated from resumes, so make sure you list contact info!
Indicate you have read the job description, so tailor the cover letter! It’s okay to reiterate job requirements from the job ad.
Focus on the items mentioned that you KNOW they want and don’t waste space talking about irrelevant items.
What happens to your job application?
– Not everyone gets both cover letter and resume (or reads them).
1. HR Person – gets both resume and cover letter, reads cover letter
2. Hiring Manager – maybe gets both, reads resume
3. Interviewers – resume, perhaps very late. Don’t usually get the cover letter.
Thus, its okay to repeat/reiterate what is in the cover letter and ensure you cover the important points of how you fit the job in both!
Question: How often do people looked at LinkedIn?
Answer: ALL THE TIME! If you are on LinkedIn, you want to have a professional photo that makes you look approachable, a good summary of your background and if you can, mention what you are looking for, career wise.
Question: How do you design your resume if you are switching fields where you may not have a lot of existing skills?
Answer: Focus on the transferrable skills!
Question: How long it take from submission to job offer.
Answer: 1.5 – 3 months typically. Once you submit it can take 1 day to 2 weeks to contact you initially (and may contact you up to 6 months later!).