Standard Academic Resume Format
When preparing an Academic Resume, there are simple rules and guidelines which every student must keep in mind. Essentially, they are not much different from a resume you normally prepare. The big difference is the absence of some sections like summary and objective statement or aim. Apart from that, the Academic Resume is a standard 1-2 page document that aims at capturing your candidature by highlighting your achievements. Learning how to write an impressive resume requires an understanding of both the content, which you should include, as well as an understanding of which format to follow. Here is the format you can follow for MS/PhD courses:
Complete postal address with city, pin code, state andcountry
Contact No: _________________; Email: ______________________
What? Where? When? CGPA?
- Postgraduate Degree (Specialization), Name of the University/ Institute, City, Year, (CGPA/ percentage) (if applicable)
- Undergraduate Degree (Specialization), Name of the University/ Institute, City, Year, (CGPA/ percentage) (if applicable)
Designation, Department, Organisation, City (when-when)
- Key role: (in bullet points) Use this space to list down your role and responsibility
- Keep the list brief, to the point and use action words to begin your sentences, for example, developed, created, handled, led, demonstrated, innovated, initiated etc.
- Highlight any special award you have received in the organization, any special appreciation or any innovative idea you might have implemented. Remember to highlight the result/outcome in the latter case.
- Project Name: Mention the name of the client/ project you have worked on if applicable
- Technologies Employed: If you have worked on any niche technology, mention it here
- Note: List all the organizations you have worked in, in reverse chronology which means the most recent on top, and then before that and so on. For instance, you are presently working for ABC and before that, you were working with XYZ, then first mention ABC and follow the format to list down your experience with XYZ.
INTERNSHIPS/ INDUSTRIAL TRAINING
What? Where? When? Mention your findings and learning in each case
Mention in detail, if any
An imp aspect; mention in detail about all projects undertaken. Please use the following format:
Location: Institution, City
Duration: (when – when)
Brief Description: (Write a short paragraph of 50-80 words here)
Individual Role: (Write in bullet points)
Mention in detail – where have you used those skills
- Languages: Ex. C language, PHP, CSS
- Database Management System: Ex. My SQL
- Operating Systems: Ex. Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010
- Design Software: Ex. CATIA, AutoCAD
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Mention if any
Mention if any
Mention if any (for example, seminars, workshops, technical presentations or fest, conferences, papers, publications etc.)
- Use this space to mention any papers that you presented/ published, any specific seminars you presented, conferences or workshops attended etc.
- You can create separate sub-sections if the number is too high
Mention if any, with proper details of what, where, when, your role etc.
- Highlight any extracurricular participation/ achievements.
- List only inter-college, district, state, national or international level events
- Debates/ quizzes/ sports/ theatre are all to be clubbed
- Write in reverse chronological order
- Avoid listing out certificates received in school until they were of national/ international level
COMMUNITY SERVICE/ SOCIAL WORK
Mention if any, with proper details
Discuss any volunteer work or social work done
While the format lists the sections you must include, here are a few basics of a good Academic Resume:
- Font should be consistent
- The resume should not exceed two pages
- The document should be in ‘justified’ alignment
- Mention content under each section in bullet points (not paragraph form)
- Do NOT use personal pronouns (like – I, me, us, we etc.) in the resume
- Do NOT use abbreviations (like etc., i.e.) ..