I'll ask BD, he has students who go off to America although usually they are applying for specific post doc posts.
Cally, check out the holiday entitlement and benefits etc before you go. Not sure about education but in the corporate world you get very little annual holiday - something like 2 weeks a year! <I think that's right as my friend married an American, they live in Texas and that's all he gets> Good luck with whatever you decide.
Its not what you know.....
Its who you chat to online....
That's a good point about writing your CV. FB will correct me I'm sure , but I think there are seveal ways of writing a CV - a skills based CV, a work history CV and others... Not sure which type they would want... and definitely keep it short and to the point. I worked in HR for Whitbread for a few years looking at people's CVs for job applications and after page 1 you do tend to tune out...
this may help you with your CV writing...
perhaps other formites may have a better CV writing hints and tips link.
BD's email reply , hope it helps
The things I've noticed about CVs in the USA which are different from here are; They are more likely to call it a Resume (acute on the e) There is more likely to be a career intention statement up front. 'I have completed a highly successful PhD in blah and am seeking employment within an internationally leading research group as a postdoctoral fellow. After this I will become President.' They are more likely to state the obvious after previous work... Bar Assistant at Guzzles R Us, Nantucket. During this period I learned how to pour drinks and use a cash register. They spend more time thinking about what saintly but non-time-consuming activities/hobbies they have - I enjoy having my PA donate money to charity. I learn foreign languages whilst I'm asleep, etc, etc. I would also use USA spelling
I don't think he was being totally flippant
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