Student Resources

At ScholarBridge, we are not only here to facilitate the process of finding a research position, we want to help with all aspects of your research experience. On this page you will find helpful tips in applying for a position, working as a research assistant and producing valuable output from your hard work.

Preparing a Great CV/Resume

Your CV/resume is your first chance to make an impression on a potential mentor or professor. While there is no formula for a great resume - substance always trumps style - there are some important steps you can take to ensure your resume is solid.

Use a template

A common mistake when building a resume is trying to structure it yourself. Your campus career services office very likely has templates that allow you to place your information within an existing resume format. This will save you time and ensure your resume conforms to accepted norms.

If your school lacks a career center many resume templates are available online for free. For help on proper formatting, take a look at our resume guide.

Make your resume subject specific

Your resume should reflect an understanding of the role you are applying for. To show this understanding highlight relevant coursework and any previous work experience that relates to the role.

Be sure to include any skills you have that will help you accomplish your research.

Remove aspects of your resume that are simply for filler - faculty want to know the specific experience and skills that define your background.

It is okay to be inexperienced

If you are applying for your first undergraduate research role, it is likely that you do not have completely relevant experience. Think about past experiences that are relevant.

Sometimes including an Objective section at the top your resume can help account for this. State explicitly that you are a motivated undergraduate seeking your first research opportunity. Everyone starts somewhere!

Highlight your most important accomplishments

A resume should read like a V - meaning your most valuable experiences should be on top, and you should have the most to say about these experiences. Save your less important interests and hobbies for the bottom of the page.

Proofread

The easiest and fastest way to disqualify yourself from a job is by having a spelling or grammar error in your resume. Don’t let this happen to you! Which brings us to...

Seek editing help

It is crucial that an outside party review your resume for errors that you may have missed. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are easy to miss when you have been working on something for a long time. Your advisor may also have sound advice on what subject areas and work experiences to highlight to make yourself a more attractive applicant.