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Join Isaiah as he reveals 4 more things you should leave out of your industry resume if you want to catch the attention of employers

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah discusses the importance of presenting a well written resume every time and why you should always have your resume proofread
  • Next, Isaiah explains why you should leave your publication list out of your resume
  • Finally, Isaiah discloses why you should make your resume easy to skim and why you should include some personal information.

From This Week’s Show… 

Why You Should Care About How Your Industry Resume Is Written

An industry resume is about simplicity and results.

With that in mind, you need to get serious about eliminating poor spelling, incorrect grammar, and overly academic words that the initial gatekeepers will think are typos or mistakes.

This may seem obvious, but PhDs make errors like this all the time.

This is how I prefer to write a resume: first, I write it without worrying about whether I’ve included all the keywords that are relevant for the role.

Then, I have it proofread.

Then, I go back and make sure to add the keywords that fit the job description.

And finally, I have it proofread again. It’s important to have a second set of eyes on every iteration of your resume.

Your Publications Don’t Belong In An Industry Resume

You may be shocked – or even a bit dismayed – but you shouldn’t put your publications on your resume. Publications don’t matter in industry like they do in academia.

You certainly don’t need to add a works cited section to your industry resume.

Non-PhD hiring managers and recruiters aren’t out there thinking – dang it, I wish this candidate would include the volume and issue number of every publication on this resume.

I know you’ve worked hard on these publications, but don’t let your pride get in the way of an effective resume.

How To Make Your Resume Compelling To Employers

Avoid paragraphs in any form. Recruiters and hiring managers have piles of resumes to review; they don’t want to read a novella on your life.

This is a good time to remind you to avoid other faux pas like using small and dense font styles.

If you have to use font size 8, I guarantee that you’re adding too much information to your resume.

Finally, you should avoid not including personal information. I know that’s a double negative, but you heard me right.

You want to include personal accolades that humanize you to the hiring manager. This could be “Captain of the varsity soccer league, four years running.”

Mentioning these types of things will make you stand out and also tell employers that you can communicate with non-PhDs as well as other PhDs.

If you’re ready to start your transition into industry, you can apply to book a free Transition Call with our founder Isaiah Hankel, PhD or one of our Transition Specialists. Apply to book a Transition Call here.

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