Writing an effective CV

About this video

So you’ve decided to apply for a job in industry, but will your scholarly CV win you that longed-for interview? In this video, Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans, who left her lab position to join the Publishing team at Elsevier, looks at why companies just aren’t interested in scientific CVs. She explains that the focus needs to shift from listing your papers, awards, and conferences, to highlighting your abilities in areas like organization, management, and communication. And, she provides some tips for identifying those transferable skills.

You will also hear from Dr. Chiat Cheong, who shares the advice she gave researchers in her role as Project Manager at the Dutch Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI). Before you rewrite your CV, always contact the company with the vacancy (or a similar business), so you can gain some insight into the skills they are seeking.

You’ll come away understanding the value of reassessing your experiences and career, and with the ability to cherry pick the points that will help you win employment in industry.

About the presenter

Sheba Agarwal-Jans

Publisher, Elsevier

Sheba Agarwal-Jans obtained her PhD in 2006 in the research field of genetics. She is now an Associate Journal Publisher with Elsevier and is based in Amsterdam. Sheba is currently responsible for the Immunology & Microbiology portfolio, consisting of 13 peer-reviewed journals.