Course Details

Resume Writing for Graduate Students & Postdocs

This course begins with an overview of the origin and evolution of the resume and describes how it differs from a curriculum vitae (CV) in both form and function. Dr. Josh Henkin explores the many things to consider when developing your resume and how to use it effectively to engage reviewers by telling a story about you, allowing an employer to see you in three dimensions rather than just words on a page. Other topics covered include: the hiring manager’s perspective, making a first impression, best practices and inside tips, resume writing dos and don’ts, key skills and qualifications, and how to present professional experience, education and other activities and interests.

This course will help you:

  1. Understand the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and resume
  2. Develop a resume that will engage reviewers
  3. Learn best practices and inside tips

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Course Author

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Instructor: Dr. Josh Henkin

Dr. Josh Henkin is a Program Manager at The Tauri Group, where he leads teams that provide a full range of technical and programmatic support to Department of Defense (DoD) vaccine and therapeutic development programs. He contributes a blend of management support, subject matter expertise, strategic planning, risk management and knowledge of the FDA regulatory landscape. Prior to his current role, Dr. Henkin joined Medtronic as a Principal Field scientist in its cardiac rhythm disease management division where he managed a portfolio of investigator-initiated clinical trials to promote innovative research with implantable cardiac devices. In 2004 he was a recipient of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and worked closely with the DoD as a scientific adviser for the Undersecretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences, creating policies and managing basic science programs. After years of successfully mentoring STEM job-seekers, Dr. Henkin founded STEM Career Services in 2014, a career coaching company aimed at helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. Henkin and his team of instructors conduct workshops and provide career counseling to STEM graduates at all levels of their careers. These efforts have earned him a position on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors, where he sits on the executive committee and serves as the nonprofit’s treasurer.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • The purpose and strengths of using a resume compared to a curriculum vitae
  • How to tell your unique story through your resume
  • Understanding the different resume sections
  • Learning the best practices in creating each section of your resume


Quizzes: 1 quiz

  • Certificate of completion
  • Earn 1 PDH

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