There’s no ground for comparison between the two examples. But let’s look at some of the basics.
The first experience bullet hints that the professional can write technical papers for their niche.
Next, the candidate showcases an eye for detail, collaboration, and teamwork.
Finally, they have found a way to get their thesis submitted on time and also make it more understandable.
On a side note - did you notice how a better job title could be a complete game-changer?
One bonus tip on better systematizing your Ph.D. experience
General practice is that you'd create one single resume experience section.
But what if while writing your Ph.D. resume, you realize that in the past six years, all your experience is for the same institution?
Here's an idea to spice up your experience section. You can create a couple of experience sections, based on functionality.
Thus highlighting job advert keywords and, at the same time, including more details.
So you could have some of the following headers, under which you could classify your work:
- Research Experience
- Technical Experience
- Analytical Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Mentorship Experience
- Teamwork Experience
- Higher Education Experience
Feel free to align your transferable skills, which would be beneficial for the job you're applying for.
How should you include your degrees within your Ph.D. resume education section?
Here's the advice you've probably been waiting for; introducing…
… "How to write about your degree without sounding like a snob?"
And there are two possible scenarios at play.
The first is that you're applying for a job related to your area of study.
You should list your Ph.D. degree in detail, including research topics, method expertise, and publications.
As you're writing for non-specialized audiences, don't go overboard with the complex terms. Instead, weave keywords from the job requirements within your education section.
In the second case scenario, you're applying for a job that has nothing to do with your degree.
Keep your education section plain and simple with your degree, university/college, dates, and location.
Either way, remember to always list all of your degrees in chronological order, starting with the latest.
This isn't just some made-up rule or HR caprice. Your resume education helps recruiters determine if:
- Your basic training and knowledge would fit the job
- You stayed focused on your coursework and graduated on time
- You would be a good fit for the team. Some companies tend to hire graduates from the same university
Ph.D. in progress: Should you include your potential degree on your resume?
Being transparent on your Ph.D. resume is what builds that fantastic initial relationship with the company you're applying for.
Thus, you have to be very clear and precise, especially in your education section.
If you're still pursuing your Ph.D. degree, shift the focus from the future to what you've achieved so far.
Your education section could answer any of the following questions:
- How applicable your degree is to the job opening?
- Which of the courses you've completed would help the company grow?
- Is your education a stepping stone within your professional experience?
- What is your expected graduation date?
Being on the course to completing your Ph.D. is definitely commendable, but sometimes life happens. And you may be forced to drop out of your Ph.D. education.
Should you then list the degree you didn't complete?
The answer is 100% yes, as your Ph.D.:
- fills gaps within your professional experience
- is valuable experience
- has helped you gain new knowledge
Making it clear to recruiters that your degree is "Incomplete" or that you "Didn't Graduate" is very important.
List your degree, dates, university/college, and status.
If you get to the interview stage, recruiters will ask you why you dropped out. Be prepared to talk about why it wasn't the best option for your career at the time, or hint at the circumstances.
Even if it's hard to believe, HR managers are people - just like you and me - and they are able to show understanding and compassion.
Ph.D. resume: Is there a dream skill set your potential employers would like to see?
Recruiters review your resume to see how your experience aligns with the role, with a big focus on transferrable skills.
Or in other words, what else can you bring to the table to help the business or institution grow?
And transferable skills can be both hard (or technical) and soft skills.
Your hard skills include the technology you used to complete your studies.
Consider the opportunities you've has to:
- test and measure antennas parameters in an Anechoic chamber
- audit in a lab environment renewable energy sources' efficiency
- develop software, using Python, to patch cybersecurity risks
The list can go and on and on. Your Ph.D. has probably provided you with a pretty solid technical background.