With competition for positions as stiff as it is, early-career researchers need be on the lookout for any edge up they can muster. So, how about a sharp, succinct, standout CV?
"The distinctions between a lengthy, technical CV and a snappy résumé can make a big difference in a job search," Nature's Karen Kaplan says. Noting international stylistic inconsistencies — chiefly, that 'CV' and 'résumé' are generally synonymous in the UK and European Union, whereas in the US and Canada, CVs are comprehensive while résumés are concise — Kaplan says its important that early-career researchers understand their intended audience when documenting their credentials.
"Applicants can ensure that they are prepared for any eventuality by keeping multiple versions of résumés and CVs," she says. "In all countries, it is likely that the first viewer of an industrial application will not be a scientist, so an applicant's résumé (in the US) or CV (in the UK and EU) should be peppered liberally with words and phrases mined from the advert."