Many former Penn graduate student and postdoc job-seekers, who have successfully used their resumes to get jobs, have allowed us to post their work as samples. As you begin assembling your materials, it can be useful to see what others have done. These are examples only, and should not be copied, but can offer perspectives of how you might highlight and illustrate your own skills and experiences. We make no claims that they are perfect, but we offer them as useful examples. Click on the thumbnail images below to view the samples. Additionally, we recommend the various resume samples within the "Premium Content" areas of Versatile PhD for additional samples. You can access the VPhD resources here - scroll down to the bottom of the list of online subscriptions to set up your free VPhD account.
Follow the aforementioned guidelines and you’re well on your way to creating a great résumé. If you have the money, it may be worth it to hire a professional to write your résumé. If you choose this route, make certain the résumé writer is a certified résumé writer or certified career coach (both of these certifications require completion of tests and submissions of résumés for evaluation before the writer receives certification). Also, ask the résumé writer for references and samples before hiring her.
Networking is the sharing of information between professionals about career paths, responsibilities, organizations, and best practices. Networking often leads to referrals for future job and internship opportunities. Employers utilize networking to fill positions before advertising them to the general public. Employers prefer to hire someone they know and trust that will be a cultural fit within their organization and team. Networking is effective for finding opportunities because most individuals recall situations when a connection referred them for a job or internship.