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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by gobbler, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. gobbler

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    Hey guys, I am wondering for a research position resume, should one include the following?

    1) Objective - I think the prof knows I am there to do some research. Need to write it?

    2) Irrevelant work experience - i.e. working at a gas station.


    Thanks!
     
  2. itsallthesame

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    1) Objective - I think the prof knows I am there to do some research. Need to write it?

    No, your specific interest in his/her lab should be in your brief cover letter and well as a concise descriptoin of A) your previous research or B) if you don't have any experience your relevant background and finally one sentance on your overall goal (eg. I plan to apply to med school).

    2) Irrevelant work experience - i.e. working at a gas station.

    That depends on the whole resume and how long you've been in science. You MUST stick to one page and every "entry" should serve a specific purpose. Each one shows a characteristic of you that will make said prof want to hire you. If you have enough, more important stuff to put on there that it doesn't fit, discard it. If you've never worked in a lab before, a non-academic job/two serve the purpose of showing that you are responsible and haven't just led a sheltered life.
     
  3. aznb0y129

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    I would say for any position (not just research) you should remove work experience that is irrelevant. Ideally, your resume should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for.

    As far as the objective, I've never used one personally, but you can certainly use that space to write about your specific interest in that position (not just that you want to do research).
     
  4. gobbler

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    Cool, thanks for the tips. Much appreciated
     
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    i strongly disagree... work is work... you should only take it out if you have extensive relevant experiences or the additional job(s) would mess up your formatting somehow (or make your resume spill over into the next page). Having other work experience on there, especially if it's during school for instance shows that you are a hard worker and earn your own keep.

    the best way to format it IMO is to have a section called "relevant experience" and another called "other work experience"

    you probably don't need a section labeled "Objective" ....you should address your interest in the job in a cover letter
     
  6. aznb0y129

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    If this is the first research-type position the OP has applied for and therefore has no relevant experience on his resume, then he should definitely list non-related work experience to show that at least he/she has worked previously. But working at a gas station would have next to zero benefit if he listed it, so try to tailor the resume as much as possible to the position you're applying for.
     

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