Compiling Professional Work Search Documents: Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters, Bios, and Profiles (Foundations of Career Planning Program)

Date & Time

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm


Thea Koerner House, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



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. 

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" (i.e., a document listing all your past work accomplishments, experience, education, and community involvement) and/or “master CV” (i.e., a document listing 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. Lastly, bring 1-2 job advertisements, research postings, and/or faculty job descriptions that might interest you to the


Dr. Roberta Neault, President, Life Strategies Ltd.

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.


This session is part of the Foundations of Career Planning program. Please visit the page for more information and to apply.