University Career Center

If you have decided to start pursuing a non-academic job search working on your presentation and growing your community are two essential preparation components. Most non-academic employers expect you to adapt your materials and market yourself in ways that are the standard for their industry. In most instances this means rather than submitting a CV, for example, you're submitting a resume. To be prepared for a non-academic search we recommend preparing the following:


Resumes: Some employers will accept a CV, but most non-academic employers use resumes  as a standard practice. Although resume writing for PhDs does not substantively differ from others, there are some things to make note of

Cover Letters: Cover letters provide an excellent mechanism for showcasing the transferability of PhD skill sets to non-academic jobs, and provide a means for showcasing your fit in non-academic settings.