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Resume

A resume is a short, concise document that states relevant information regarding your qualifications for particular job. Resume is a self-marketting tool. It is usually accompanied by a customized cover letter in which the applicant expresses an interest in a specific job or company and draws attention to the most relevant specifics on the resume.

Tips and Tricks


  • Don’t Put Everything on There: Your resume should not have every work experience you’ve ever had listed on it. Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out, you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand
  • Keep a Master List of All Jobs: Since you’ll want to be swapping different information in and out depending on the job you’re applying to, keep a resume outline or master resume on your computer where you keep any information you’ve ever included on a resume: old positions, bullet points tailored for different applications, special projects that only sometimes make sense to include. Then, when you’re crafting each resume, it’s just a matter of cutting and pasting relevant information together.
  • Put the Best Stuff “Above the Fold”: You should make sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume. This top section is what the hiring manager is going to see first—and what will serve as a hook for someone to keep on reading. So focus on putting your best, most relevant experiences first
  • Keep in (Reverse) Chronological order: There are lots of different ways to organize the information on your resume—like the functional resume or combination resume—but the good old reverse chronological (where your most recent experience is listed first) is still your best bet. Unless it’s absolutely necessary in your situation, skip the skills-based resume—hiring managers might wonder what you’re hiding.
  • Limit it to a Page: Keep it Simple: Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page. You can use a different font or typeface for your name, your resume headers, and the companies for which you’ve worked, but keep it simple and keep it consistent.

Cover Letter

Cover letter is considered important while looking for a position in a company or research institute. A cover letter is more than just a formality or courtesy – it is an opportunity to impress. A letter of application, also known as a cover letter, is a document sent with the resume to provide additional information about the skills and experience one possesses.

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Tips and Tricks


  • A concise and compelling cover letter is the first chance to stand out and get considered as a strong candidate amongst various others.
  • The cover letter is intended to provide detailed information on why you are a qualified candidate for the job.
  • Your application letter should let the employer know what position you are applying for, what makes you a strong candidate, why they should select you for an interview, and how you will follow up.
  • Obviously this helps the employer to get the sense of real motive and passion of the applicant.
  • One of the key things to note here is Whenever applying for a new job, it is very important to craft an effective cover letter according to job role and it’s requirements and make changes in the resume as well to suit the company you’re applying to.

Transferable Skills

Often, technical skills are all aspirants for jobs or universities aim to build on to help shine through their applications. But what's coming more and more into conversations are 'Transferable Skills'. Probably quite self explanatory, but these skills are those you can use anywhere, regardless of the organisation you're a part of. These skills show what kind of an individual you are, and allow the recruiter to analyse how you will behave in the work environment.

It's essential, apart from the pre-defined skills required for any opportunity, to be able to possess these skills to make yourself a stronger sell to the recruiter. It's not only about what you can do, but who you are as a person and how it is to work with you. The atmosphere and the qualities you bring to the table are what will catch your recruiters eye. Find our curated list of resources that can help you get started on understanding what transferable skills to develop and how to advertise them:

Career development

We are living in an ever changing world. The possibilities that are knocking on our doors are endless. It's all about being able to recognize the opportunities that are suitable for you and the skill set you possess. The decisions you make now can carve your whole professional journey ahead of you. Sounds daunting, but once you strap onto the journey, it's all about understanding how to navigate through it. The guidance of your seniors, your peers, your teachers, your parents, they'll all give you an abundance of experience and knowledge but true learning only takes place when you're put into the shoes and you experience the failures and successes yourself.

There are never wrong decisions you can make with your career. Even the decisions that allow you to fail, they'll teach you the hardest lessons. But it's always good to have your security net and for that, we have a diverse list of resources that can help you begin your journey in career development:

Lectures & courses

Knowledge is something of abundance in today's day and age. At your fingertips you have access to the world's database. Being able to improve your learning and acquire a better understanding of what's relevant in today's world will surely push you into building a more rounded profile for yourself. We have information jumping at us from each and every corner of this world. Be it on your social media, or the journals of the world, the happenings of this world are now extremely accessible. It's vital to be able to utilize these advancements to your advantage and gain new and updated skills to stay relevant. We live in a world that changes every day, every second, it would be impossible to keep pushing yourself to know everything. But it is essential to allow yourself the opportunity to gain the skills and information required for the career you wish to be building for yourself.

Webinars and conferences are such an amazing way to not only be able to learn, but network and meet like minded individuals who wouldn't have crossed your path in your day to day lives. Building this network will open your eyes to people who like beyond your tight knit circle and help expand your brand. Check out the resources we have for you, to establish yourself and expand your horizons on your journey:

Field specific resources

Starting with a field close to all our hearts, we have here a section that will help narrow your niche down and allow you to find all things Biology at your disposal. This is hardly an exhaustive list and there are so many more resources and sections we're yet to add, but to begin with, we are going back to our roots and presenting to you something that brought all of us together - our love for Biology.

Entrepreneurship

A hot topic that has infected possibly each and every individual who's starting out their professional journey - Entrepreneurship. We have an upsurge of young and extremely talented individuals starting and building brands from the ground up. Success stories come on our feeds everyday, where we have an access to understanding the journey of such brilliant entrepreneurs who started with nothing but just two things - an idea, and passion. The passion to create something or just to solve a problem. The industry today is sensing a massive shift with more and more investors banking their money on start-ups and rising small scale businesses. People do often forget that the success ratio in the field of entrepreneurship is possibly the slimmest known, but the drive that pushes these young minds to keep going on is what is commendable. Faith and belief in your product, your brand, and most of all your idea.

We have a list of exciting resources lined up, so you can research more and maybe notice if the entrepreneurship bug has bit you yet:

Jobs, PhD & Higher Education

Being confused is often the preferred emotion that every Undergraduate faces in their last few months of college life. The uncertainty of what's to come, and the fear of the future is something that plagues everybody, be it at any point in their careers. This section aims to provide you a platform to look through the various opportunities available throughout the world. Be it job or higher studies, we have something for every one of you. Read through our resources and find the perfect fit for your choice of career!

Internships

Companies/Universities nowadays often look at Freshers to always have some sort of internship experience so they can ascertain whether the individual can fit right into the work culture or not. Internships are also a great place to understand what interests you and if you want to go ahead with the field you've interned. It's a wonderful opportunity to dip your foot into the water before taking the plunge into a career full throttle. They not only help you realize your interests and passion, but it's even better when you realize what you do not wish to do. Eliminating those options can also immensely help you in deciding the career you wish to partake in.

Find our list of resources that can help you find your ideal internship!

Scholarship & Fellowships

The cost of education is increasing at a rapid rate as we're growing older. The fees are often the deciding factor in choosing the university to apply to and finally choose to attend. Scholarships & Fellowships are an exciting way to be able to attend the dream universities without it being heavy on the pocket. Having access to these opportunities will not only help you make funding yourself a lot easier but also allow you to expand your skill set to understand the requirements that go behind attaining that scholarship. They can be great drivers to push you constantly to keep upping your game and stay ahead of the crowd.

We have this list of amazing resources curated, so you can begin your application journey without the stress of fees looming over you: