Compiling Professional Work Search Documents: Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters, Bios, and Profiles

Date & Time

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


GSS Ballroom, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)



** This workshop is intended for postdoctoral fellows seeking career opportunities within industry or academic settings. **

In the academic world of universities and research institutes, comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CVs), as well as concise and compelling bios and profiles, are essential job search tools. However, in industry jobs, even in senior positions, the expectation is that your professional resume will be targeted, compelling, and only 2 – 3 pages long. Cover letters, professional profiles, and bios are often required for conference presentations, funding proposals, consulting contracts, social media accounts, websites, and publications.

This practical, hands-on, full day workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows will explore the differences between resumes and CVs, offer tips and strategies for ensuring that your profile or bio stands out and works effectively, and equip you to structure and polish targeted and compelling professional work search documents. Supported by facilitators, in the afternoon participants will begin to compile and organize their resumes and CVs and create sample bios/profiles as templates for future use. Leave equipped to effectively customize your resume, cover letter, bios, and profiles, and maintain a CV of your relevant professional and academic accomplishments.  

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to essential style and structural components of professional resumes and CVs
  • Examine how CVs are uniquely different from resumes
  • Learn strategies for “data-mining” relevant skills/experiences and organizing resumes, CVs, cover letters, bios, and professional profiles to present compelling evidence of fit
  • Explore examples and critically examine their own resumes, CVs, cover letters, bios, and profiles
  • Develop resume, CV, and profile-writing skills through targeting and polishing their own documents


Prepare for this workshop by developing a "master resume" that compiles all your past work accomplishments, experience, education, and community involvement into a single document. Also, compile a "master CV" that lists all your publications, presentations, teaching/work experience, professional affiliations, licenses/certifications, fellowships, and research grants. Don't worry about format, although a consistent style will be helpful. Bring a printed copy as well as a "soft copy" on your laptop or tablet (not on your smart phone, as you'll be editing and formatting this document during the afternoon). If you have written bios or profiles for various purposes (e.g., social media, funding or conference proposals, consulting), compile them into a single document and bring them along as well. Also bring to the workshop a couple of job advertisements or job descriptions (academic, research, and/or industry) as a focus for your targeted resume, CV, and profiles.


Dr. Roberta Neault

Dr. Roberta Neault, CCC, GCDF-i, CCDP, is an award-winning leader in the career development sector, in Canada and internationally. She is a published author and international speaker on topics related to career management. Roberta's academic career has involved contract work at 10 universities across Canada, the US, and Asia and she currently serves as Associate Dean of a university in New Brunswick while running her BC-based consulting company. Her extensive experience supporting graduate students, postdocs, managers, executive leaders, and professionals brings unique perspective to crafting professional work search documents.


Registration in this workshop is required, and is now open. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and successfully registered postdocs will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within one week prior to the workshop.