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CV or Resume

Postby Nik » Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:43 pm

I am a 4th year post-doc in innate immunity/microbiology that is starting a search for a research job outside academia. I have a 2 page CV - and was wondering if it is appropriate to submit a CV for a position that asks for a resume.
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CV or Resume

Postby Dave Jensen » Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:15 pm

Nik,

Yes, when an employer says in their ad \"submit resume to box 222\" they are intending for you to send either a resume style document or a CV, whichever you believe to be most appropriate for the position at hand. For a research job, that\'s generally a CV.

For many jobs in industry (if that is your target) you\'d be doing yourself a disservice if your CV wasn\'t changed a bit from the old-style academic document (you know, the ones with the names of your children and your social security #, etc). An industry CV will generally have more emphasis on accomplishments, skills and techniques, etc. Full address and contact information at the top is critical, including home phone.

Don\'t forget . . . write a good cover letter as well. Those are read, but your CV will be \"skimmed.\"

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When I should begin to apply for a job

Postby David » Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:23 pm

I am a final year PhD student in Molecular Biology. Expected that I could graduate in next October.I want to get a post doctoaral position in a University or NIH or other research institute in USA. But I don't know when I could apply and how I could do it? I means I should contact professors directly or apply by ads? Wish you could help me! Many thanks!
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When I should begin to apply for a job

Postby Andy » Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:28 pm

David,

Don't apply for a postdoctoral position through advertisements. The best labs don't advertise anyway. Just find a professor that you want to work with and contact them directly. Preferably by telephone.

Good luck,

Andy
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When I should begin to apply for a job

Postby Dave Jensen » Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:45 pm

Hi,

I think Andy's advice (as usual) is right on target. I've heard that the best professors are very well-networked, and when they have an open postdoc position they only have to make a few calls and they get applicants. Of course, apply to ads that fit you. But, be particularly good at research . . . find those labs and special people who fit your goals perfectly. Are you heading to industry or academia? If industry, do they have a great connection to the trade -- are they on SAB's (Scientific Advisory Boards) or are they consultants to companies? Etc.

And then, like Andy said, pick up the phone and be prepared to tell them about your work when you call. Good luck!

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