CVs, Resumes & Cover Letters

So, you’ve identified job postings in industry (or other sectors) that you want to apply for. How do you go about preparing your application materials?


Start by Reading and Analyzing a Job Description

Highlight and use key words from the job description to create a targeted resume and cover letter - and get noticed by the hiring manager and HR.  View these annotated samples to: 

  1. Tailor your application to a job description that is broad.
  2. Tailor your application to a job description that is very detailed and includes a lot of bullet points 


Tailor Your CV/Resume

  1. Download slides from Bill's Lindstaedt's talk Job Hunting in Industry - Marketing Yourself With Your Resume
  2. Resume strategies for PhDs
  3. Spin a resume bullet point to highlight different soft skills
  4. A series of articles about writing a winning industry resume

Consulting- Download slides/resources to tailor your consulting resume and cover letter


Sample Resumes

Note: Please do not copy the text verbatim. It is unethical and unwise, as several employers recognize our samples. Instead, for extra help, please schedule an appointment for an in-person, Skype or email review.

  • These samples have been generously donated by UCSF students, postdocs, and alumni to offer you ideas about how to present your own skills and experiences. We make no claims that they are perfect, but we offer them as useful examples. 
  • Notice that section headings and descriptive language are different from academic CV’s.
  • Take a look at all the samples to get an idea of different formats, even if you are targeting a specific career path.

Sample cover letters
Notice that the documents are shorter and less formal than academic cover letters.




Next Steps

Are you clear on the strategies you'll need to put together an effective application package?
If so, go to the next step: Interviewing for Jobs Outside Academia. Learn how to find out what's expected and prepare for the interview.