One of the many respected experts in
recruiting technical people points out
“Resume controversies”. There are ‘pros
and cons’ about various concepts or aspects
of public relations documents. I like his term
since there is no hard and fast rule, like all
of the time… or none of the time….
Currently I am working with a member who
offered me his list of publications and
presentations to review. This is a common
page in the scientific and technical arena
of resumes. Resume Controversy:
As I indicated to him, this page
is not formally part of a resume.
Resolution of Controversy: We can include
it in the resume file and offer it to resume
reviewers as part of selling our
accomplishments. Personally, I like to
see the outcome of people’s work.
Many industrial places don’t promote having
their employees publish their work. Some
firms only deliver presentations to speak
to their narrow audience and keep trade
secrets to themselves while giving them
an opportunity for generating customers
Pubs are a lot of work and take time away
from “the paying part of the job”.
Other places publish frequently. There is a
continual expansion of journals into many areas.
As for resume reviewers who are seeking
to find candidates to fill openings, some will
only take a short look at publications. The
more technical will wish to spend more time
with it. If a person does good work, it is
revealed in several ways with publications–
- where it is published (reviewed journal),
- if sufficient effort is put into the publication
so that it tells about the accomplishment or
the new learning (thus is in print), and
- timing and themes of published work.
In a way, the publication list tracks your career.
1. reverse chronological order, easy to read
font and proper reference listing format (all
the spelling rules apply)
2. be aware if some text is italicized certain
fonts are hard to read, there is no need to
underline your name in the citation (except
if your name changed i.e., marriage)
3. consider listing pubs that are in refereed
journals and in print. With electronic
publications, this suggests date of availability.
4. Abstracts of presentations don’t really fit in
Publications, in my book.
5. Duplicating things in both publications and
presentations sections seems like “inflation”.
Another instance of TMI (too much information)
6. If you are listing presentations, which is
common in recent graduates, you may not need
to include the month. TMI
7. For mid-career people with several pages
of patents, papers and presentations, the
resume listing might be best offered as
list of selected publications and patents.
While it is fresh, I wonder where our web-pages,
blogs and wikis go on a resume?