Dissecting Job Ads and Tailoring Your Résumé

Joe Cribari, Founder and CEO, JC3 Consulting


Recruiters spend an average of just 5-7 seconds assessing a résumé or CV. To stand out among the competition and maximize your chances of success, it is vital to know how to dissect a job ad and tailor your résumé to the position and organization to which you are applying. This session will teach attendees how to analyze a job description and provide them with insight into what recruiters/hiring managers look for when screening applications. Using this information, attendees will be able to tailor their CV, résumé, and personal statement to a specific academic or industrial position.




  1. Learn how to analyze a job description.
  2. Know how to tailor your CV or résumé to a job description.
  3. Understand how to target your personal statement to a specific position.
  4. Distinguish between a CV and résumé, and know the do’s and do not’s of each.

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This post was collaboratively written by several ASCB staff members.