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Adapting your applications for different areas

Length and format - While an academic CV can be any length, a non-academic CV is 2 pages maximum. Industry research CVs sit somewhere in between, with a basic 2-page format with publications in an appendix. Non-research cover letters should be 1 page.

Starting point - In academic applications, your starting point is you - ALL about you. For non-research roles, the starting point should be your reader. What do they need to know about you? What part of your background - technical skills, specific exprience, transferrable skills - will they be most excited about? Build your documents around these components, and find ways to summarise other material. You'll have to leave things out - your aim is to be relevant rather than comprehensive.

Some resources for non-academic applications:

Evaluating job ads

Intro to R&D in Biotech & Pharma: assessing job ads

Applications for industry research

Careers beyond research

Online presence