Sally Smith (a pseudonym) is a Ph.D. in education who is seeking a research position at a public-policy or think-tank organization. We revised her CV into a résumé.
Note: Some formatting (i.e. the spacing of headings, line breaks, and dates) may not be accurately respresented due to screen-width limitations.
Beyond the Ivory Tower:
From C.V. To Résumé
Richmond, VA 23220
Ph.D., Education Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2003.
M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1996.
B.A., Human Development and Social Relations, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1992.Policy Evaluation Experience2
Center for XYZ Systems, University Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2003-Present. External Evaluator
ABC Policy Studies Department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1996-2002. Research Assistant
Windsor County Urban League-Department of Education, Richmond, VA, 1997. Evaluator: The JKL Training Program.
Bureau of ABC Research, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2003-2004.Research Associate
David Geffen Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2002-2003.Research Associate
Bureau of XYZ Research, University of Virgina, Charlottesville, VA, 1996-1999.Research Assistant
ABC Institute for XYZ, 1993.Intern
American Association for TUV, 1991.Intern
Brown, J, & Smith, S. (2002, Summer). "Chapter Title." Book Title. XYZ University Press, Summer 2002. Smith, S. (2000). "Article Title." Journal information. Smith, S. (1999). "Chapter Title." Chapter 2 in Doe, J. (ed). Book Title. ABC University Press.Skills5
1Note here that we have deleted both the dissertation abstract and the names of the academics who served on Smith's dissertation committee. That information is generally too much detail, too academic, and not relevant enough to a nonacademic employer to make it worthy of remaining on a one- to two-page document.
2We changed the title of this section from "Research Experience" to "Policy Evaluation Experience." Because this is a résumé for a public-policy or think-tank position, it is important to communicate your relevant work experience as high up and as soon in the document as possible. Calling this section "Policy Evaluation Experience" signals to the employer that Smith has relevant skills already.
3On her CV, Smith described each of her research experiences in a paragraph format. Here we have changed that format to bullets, each beginning with a strong and descriptive action verb. Since this is a research position, Smith can get away with using some jargon that she might otherwise have to remove were she, for example, applying for a corporate job.
4As you can see, we have de-emphasized Smith's publications on her résumé. For a think-tank position, it is good for Smith to communicate her strong writing skills. Reporting her publications is a way of doing that, but on the résumé they dont take up as much space.
5We have deleted several sections that were on Smith's CV, including "Professional Activities," "Teaching Experience," "References Section," "Internships," and "Professional Affiliations." None of those sections were directly relevant to the position she is applying for. Remember, it is always best to have a one-page résumé if you can, and thus extraneous information must be jettisoned, however difficult that may be. We moved up some of her internship positions and incorporated them into the relevant section on her "Research Experience."