The Importance of Publications

Brett Hillman from shared the following article by Brian Jenkins about making career goals.

Use Your Graduate Research to Help You Obtain a Job

In a competitive job market, academic accomplishments set you apart from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of applicants for a particular job. Publications take your resume to a higher level. Judy Friedler, principal of the resume-writing company CareerPro International, stated, “Including a list of published materials shows that you are considered an expert in your field.” She went on to say, “Even self-published content can demonstrate your excellent written and communication skills.”

Build a Stronger Personal Brand

Sherri Thomas, author of Career Smart: Five Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand, stated, “Your resume should definitely show that you have the required skills, education, and experience to perform the job successfully, but you can build a stronger personal brand by including additional information that shows something special about you that your competitors do not offer.” So what can you do? Publish your graduate research. Besides scholarly publications, consider writing your research in a way the general public can understand it and submit articles to mainstream magazines, newspapers, and websites.

Go beyond listing your publications on your resume – get testimonials. They add credibility to publications. Consider getting testimonials from your professors and other experts in the field.

Hiring managers realize past achievements typically predict future performance. They also realize achievers are self-starters, motivated, and valuable assets to a company. Hiring managers typically receive a large number of resumes for a particular job; accomplishments, such as publications, capture and retain their interest.

Publications Section

Properly showcase your publications in your resume. Don’t include them with your general academic information, because they may not be seen. Create a publications section in your resume. Include the print date and the significance of the publication. Details about what you’ve published capture and retain interest.

Placing Publications in a Resume

  • Use the citation format most acceptable in your field.
  • List publications in chronological order, with the most recent work first and the rest of the publications in descending order.
  • Include the complete title of the publication and the complete title of the article.
  • Include the issue and volume numbers of articles published in magazines or periodicals. After the title of the publication, show the name of the publication, the issue/volume numbers, page numbers and date of publication.
  • For articles that are accessible online, show the full Internet address.

Publishing helps grad students get postdoc or tenure-track faculty jobs. Publications also improve job prospects in fields outside of academia. Take advantage of your grad research. Rewrite it for the general public or for a particular audience and get it published. Besides mainstream media, the Internet has plenty of websites seeking fresh, interesting content.

Brian Jenkins writes about a variety of careers for BrainTrack,including those in computer programming.

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