How to Tailor Your Resume for a Job in Higher Education Created For Faculty Diversity Internship Program May 20, 2013 Margie Lam [email protected] Higher Education landscape Types of Academic Institutions Research Universities Non-Assoc. of American Univ. Doctoral Universities State University Systems Small Liberal Arts Colleges Community Colleges • What is the teaching load? All are looking for colleagues Job Search Positions posted in specialized scholarly periodicals, higher ed job sites Application materials with disciplinary distinctions Process congruent with the academic calendar Résumé No right or wrong way* Strategic and better ways Personal marketing tool Recommendations Purpose To get an interview, not a job Give a positive first impression in 6-10 seconds Carefully read job description, pick out key terms, customize Do you meet the MINIMUM Qualifications? 6 mistakes that will get your resume tossed out Did not meet minimum criteria Bad grammar Resume not tailored to the position Deceiving/untruthful information You don’t “speak the language” Too much personality “fluff” and “fillers” Making It Easy for Your Overburdened Audience Organization Clarity Consistency Organization Your information is presented in a manner that highlights what is most relevant, and pulls the reader's eye directly to it, rather than making him/her search for it. 2011-2013 Master of Arts Candidate in International Relations, Georgia State University. Specializing in Japanese Politics and Economy. Dissertation title: The World Bank and Transnational Society: An Analysis of How Environmental NonGovernmental Organizations Institute Change in Development (2012). Advisor Marty Consoli MA Georgia State University International Relations, expected May 2013 The World Bank and Transnational Society Marty Consoli (Chair), Linda Gentry, S. A. Inouye Clarity achieved by the use of concise, unambiguous language and formatting options that help the reader easily assimilate the information you want to convey. TEACHING EXPERIENCE Instructor, Global Movements, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, spring 2009. Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, fall 2008. Teaching Assistant, Social Science Methodology, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, fall 2007. TEACHING EXPERIENCE Occidental College, Department of English, Spring 2009 Instructor European Cultures II - The Enlightenment to the Present Team-taught, multidisciplinary survey course required for all freshmen. Contested Territories: Ethnic/Racial Literatures of the U.S. "Southwest" Upper Division; study of texts which treat the "Southwest" as a determining and originary site of cultural interaction and expressive production. University of California, Berkeley, Department of English, 2006-2008 Instructor Junior Seminar - The Augustan Age Intensive study of critical and methodological problems in the study of literature. Teaching Assistant Reading and Composition - Travel Fiction of the Nineteenth Century Reading and Composition - Lawyers & the Law in Contemporary Society American Literature: Before 1800 (Upper Division) Teaching Interests Comparative Politics, Japanese Politics, Political Economy, International Political Economy, and Methodology Teaching Interests Comparative Politics Political Economy Methodology Japanese Politics International Political Economy Elements Contact information Education Dissertation Honors & Awards / Fellowships / Scholarships Publications Teaching / Advising Experience Teaching Interests Conference Presentations Professional Training Professional Affiliations Professional Experience University/Professional Service - committee work, leadership Reviewer References Languages Technical Skills References Dr. May Chang, Department of Sociology, 810 Barrows Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. [email protected] Dr. May Chang Department of Sociology 810 Barrows Hall, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720 [email protected] 510-642-1234 Fax 510-642 3456 Consistency When the reader confronts different spacing, formatting, and fonts among similar items it is distracting, and provides an easy excuse to discard the offender. Making It Easy for Your Overburdened Audience Organization What Three Things Should Your Audience Know After the First 6 Seconds? Clarity Selective Use of Bolding & Indents Consistency Same structure, same formatting Before writing the resume, read over the job description and think about your experience. What experiences have you had that are most relevant to the position you are applying for? How are resumes received/read? -In person: HR, direct hiring manager, assistant -Via computer screening Chronological Resume Lists your experience in reverse chronological order – most recent to least Works best: work, volunteer, and academic experience relate directly to the type of job you’re applying for Illustrates consistency in your work history. If there are wide gaps in your experience, this may not be the best format for you Functional (Skills) Resume Lists your experience based on skill headings, which are not necessarily in chronological order Actual work history summarized in brief section on bottom of page Skills themselves are the main attraction Works best when you are trying to break into a field where you have little or no experience. Good choice for career shifters. Contact Information Name Address Phone number(s) Email Optional: LinkedIn Profile link; website; online portfolio Make sure that your voicemail message is professional Objective/Profile/Summary of Qualifications? A brief “theme” statement that helps organize the supporting info in the rest of the resume Don’t put “fluffy”/filler material and lofty, long term goals Focus on what YOU can do for the employer, not on what you want Optional, it may be redundant to cover letter Example (English) Creative and passionate teacher dedicated to fostering a student-centered classroom environment based on mutual respect and collaboration. Committed to helping students identify and develop their own passions while becoming successful, confident writers. DON’T Use pronouns ("I") or articles ("a," "the"). They take away from the force of your accomplishments, slow down the reader, and take up space. DO: Use action words to emphasize accomplishments: Taught Advised Developed Created Managed DO: Quantify your impact on the organizations you have worked for: If you increased students’ ratings of a class, by how much or by what percentage? If you supervised a committee, how many were on your team? Ask yourself how you made a positive impact, and insert the numbers that demonstrate that impact. Show skills rather than tell Possess excellent communication skills Successfully addressed the needs of an average of 25 students daily from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds Show skills rather than tell Innovative instructor Used social media like Facebook and Twitter to support development of an online platform for student discussions. Magnify your accomplishments Wrote syllabus and assessed students VS. Designed syllabus and weekly lesson plans for 16-week semester. Wrote narrative assessments for each student in addition to formal grades. DO: When listing overseas experience, it may be helpful to write a very brief description about companies or educational experiences that are unfamiliar to U.S. employers For example: “the second largest public university in Malaysia” Be aware of Unexplained use acronyms and jargon Be sure to send EVERYTHING that is requested in the job advertisement by the deadline indicated. From Peralta Jobs w/s: Required Documents1.Resume 2.Cover Letter 3.Transcripts Optional Documents1.List of References 2.Other Document 3.Letter of Recommendation 14.Letter of Recommendation 2 5.Letter of Recommendation 3 6.Curriculum Vitae 7.Training/Certification Document Layout and Appearance White or off-white paper 12 point font No crazy fonts - use readable and common: Times New Roman, Garamond, Calibri No crazy graphics Be consistent with layout, bolded words, capitalization Use the white space, 1 inch margins Use bulletpoints Simplicity, easy to read CC resume: no more than 2 pages Online Presence Set up/update your LinkedIn profile Employers may Google prospective hires Use social networking sites to recruit Google yourself to see what comes up Limit Facebook views Be aware; make sure it reflects what you want people to know about you professionally Ask for feedback and constructive critiques Revise, revise, revise Keep track of your accomplishments Resources • Higher Ed Jobs, www.higheredjobs.com • Chronicle of Higher Education chronicle.com/jobs • Academic 360 www.academic360.com • Academic Careers Online www.academiccareers.com • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium www.hercjobs.org • http://www.grad.illinois.edu/careerservices/facultyhiring • http://www.fau.edu/cdc/students/resume/communitycollegecv .pdf • http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/cdc/files/C ommunityCollegeCareer05-06.pdf • The PDF of this slideshow (“FDIP Workshop”) is online at: https://my.ciis.edu/ICS/Student_Life/Career_Development_Services.jnz Questions, Concerns? Margie Lam [email protected] Thanks for your attention and good luck!