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4 Grad School Resume Examples That Got Jobs In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: June 16, 2021

As a graduate student, you've dedicated decades of your life to the pursuit of knowledge and the betterment of the world. And, as if that weren't enough, you're paying the bills and building your expertise along the way. 

You may be wondering: "What should I include on my resume?", "How can I include my clinical or laboratory experience on my resume?", or "How do I demonstrate my capacity to focus on work while simultaneously pursuing a time-intensive degree?".

Fortunately, you don't have to wonder anymore. 

We've analyzed 1,500 grad school resumes and have discovered exactly what worked, and what didn't work, to get the most interviews in 2021. We created 4 resume samples based on the best resume practices for grad students so you can build a great resume and focus on the research that matters to you.

These grad school resume samples and writing tips have helped scholars get job interviews at prestigious universities, private corporations, and federal laboratories across the country. What are you waiting for?

Grad School Resume

Grad School resume example

Why this resume works

  • You spend countless hours refining your grad school resume, and, the truth is, a hiring manager will probably only give it 6 seconds of their time to see if you're worth interviewing. 
    • That might sound depressing, but it's actually an opportunity for you to stand out from the competition that doesn't know what hiring managers are looking for. 
      • Hiring managers, more than anything else, want to see you including quantifiable metrics on your resume. 
      • Why? Because metrics demonstrate your value effectively, they draw the eye, and they showcase your conviction that you have what it takes.
  • Determining how to include metrics can be tricky, but it's usually relatively easy to find them as a graduate student. 
    • You can include metrics on ratings by patients/professors/peers, numbers on efficiency and/or time saved, grants, GPA, publications, awards or fellowships, the number of people in your team or that you communicate with, etc. 

SLP Grad School Resume

SLP Grad School resume example

Why this resume works

  • Did you notice the dedicated skills section included on all of our resumes? We include them for a very specific reason and recommend that you never forget this section on your resume. 
    • Hiring managers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to streamline the initial stages of applicant cuts. ATS are designed to catch key words used throughout your resume and match them to skills preselected by the hiring manager. If you don't have enough of these skills included on your resume, you'll be quickly eliminated from the applicant pool! That's why it's important to include a highly relevant skills section on every resume you submit. 
    • Tip: Make sure to include 4-10 skills on your skills section! Fewer skills will give off the impression that you do not possess many skills or confidence, and more skills will begin to make your skills section look like a laundry list. 
  • This SLP grad school resume does a great job of highlighting core skills and competencies throughout the resume. It's not enough to include the skills section, you need to follow it up with proof that you possess those skills. 
    • Note the focus on detail, collaboration, and verbal communication throughout this resume.
  • Really strong SLP candidates possess solid communication skills, empathy, patience, collaboration, sensitivity, persistence, and resourcefulness. 

Nursing Grad School Resume

Nursing Grad School resume example

Why this resume works

  • When you're writing your nursing graduate school resume you need to make sure you're including the right metrics. Any hiring manager will be looking for you to demonstrate your ability to connect with patients and providing high quality care while boasting efficiency. 
    • Quantifiable metrics on your patient satisfaction, number of successful procedures, paperwork accuracy, school grades, and number of patients seen per shift will demonstrate that you have the intellectual wherewithal, the pragmaticism, and communication skills that make fantastic nurses. 
  • There's a lot you have to think about when you're writing your resume. 
    • You need to include action verbs at the start of every bullet point, maintain consistent tenses, quantify each point, avoid filler words and use active voice. 
    • You will also need to ensure your resume is long enough, that each bullet point is the right length, and that you have the correct number of job titles and bullet points for each title. 
    • That's a lot to think about. We recommend using this resume checker to ensure your resume is looking good.

Biology Grad School Resume

Biology Grad School resume example

Why this resume works

  • This biology grad school resume includes a career objective
    • We recommend you include a career objective when you're changing careers, have limited experience, or need to take up space on your resume.
  • The key to writing a really strong career resume is making sure it's personalized for every resume you write. This means you'll need to include the specific job title, company, and relevant skills each time you submit your resume. 
    • If you cannot create unique career objectives for each job application you apply to, we do not recommend including one. A non-targeted career objective will make it look like you are spamming your resume out to anyone you can and it will look like you didn't care enough to read the job description carefully. This is a sure fire way to not get a call for an interview. 
      • Instead, just quickly read through the job posting, note specific skills mentioned, and work that information into your objective. Easy!

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