Resumes (The Job Market in 2023)

Resumes should be always be tailored to each job you apply for highlighting the skills and proficiencies required by the position. Also make sure you are using the same terminology that the agency or job posting uses to make it clear you meet the qualifications.

Resumes generally fall into 3 different types: chronologicalfunctional, and a combination resume which is a mix of chronological and functional.  This article from Glassdoor is a great resource to help you understand which type might be the best fit for you and the position to which you are applying.

The following resources are to help you build your own resume. Once you have a draft, we recommend you contact the career center or the College's Graduate Professional Development Coordinator to review it and provide feedback. 

General Guides:

University Career Center Resume Tips and Resources - Good resource to get you started on a basic resume.

Jobs on Toast - Applying for jobs outside of academia from PhD to fellow professional.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Science PhD Students:

Utilize the resources developed by the ImaginePhD team including a basic resume template and examples of tailored resumes to specific job postings. 

Natural Sciences and Math PhD Students:

The Stanford Guide above includes great examples of STEM PhD resumes.

Harvard Career Center (.pdf) - The Scientist's Conundrum: CV, Resume or Something In-Between (also covers CV/Resume Hybrids)


Information compiled by KU COGA.