Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for a professor in Malaysia.
Tel.: +60 12 XXXX XXXX | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Nationality: Malaysian
- Seasoned educator with proven track record in teaching and delivering courses on 20th Century History and Malaysia Natural History, as well as assuming multi-faceted roles including senior lecturer, instructor, academic coach, and academic coordinator at leading schools in Malaysia
- Outstanding public speaker with strong reputation in student and peer engagement. Well-versed in using innovative approaches to enhance teaching and learning, particularly through collaboration and Web 2.0 applications
- Comprehensive involvement in department and college-wide activities. Progressive leader adept at identifying and developing potential of students, providing professional and pastoral guidance whenever required
- Excellent interpersonal skills towards building relationships at all organisational levels
[This section gives a good helicopter view of the candidate. Briefly mentioning about the courses you teach, as well as your extra academic functions, will establish a focus for your specialisation.]
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
|Curriculum Development||Public Speaking|
|Academic Research||Innovative Learning|
|Educational Leadership||Classroom Management|
[Ensure the keywords here mirror those used in the job ad. The first round of vetting is often done by a software scanner. This section helps to pad the CV with key professorial phrases necessary to get past those scanners.]
MALAYSIA POLYTECHNIC, Malaysia
- Teach two courses on Ancient History, with 40 students per class, and two courses on Malaysia History, with 35 students per class. Develop programs to improve students’ interest in history and enhance their overall learning and development. [This is a good opening line as it clearly states the focus and size of your responsibility. In 1 line, the reader knows exactly what the role is about.]
- Co-chair History Department’s search committee to identify, interview, hire, and orient candidates and new professors. [This line and the following lines describe other academic functions you do in the university.]
- Part of university-wide curriculum committee; assist in developing new Academic Guidelines to be adopted by entire campus
- Serve as PhD sponsor for two teaching assistants
- Co-authored research study on impact of 20th century history on development of rural culture in Malaysia which was published in 2014. [Cite successful researches and published works you did.]
- Invited yearly as one of guest speakers for Malaysia Higher Education Conference attended by more than 300 professors, advisers, and university chairs
HISTORY PROFESSOR July 2003 – June 2012
MALAYSIA POLYTECHNIC, Malaysia
- Taught four courses of 20th Century History with 30 students per class. Developed brand new curriculum for courses to capitalise on current educational trends and modern technology. [Simple, clear overview of the job you previously done. Notice also how the remaining bullet point is shorter. No need to go into deep detail about previous similar workscopes.]
- Supervised and guided 2 teaching assistants each year who assisted in overseeing classroom activities, grading papers, and recoding students’ attendance.
- Published 8 academic research papers during tenure
- Developed course curriculum which was adopted by the university and set as new standard for course line
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Masters of History, University of Malaysia | 2001-2003
- Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Melbourne | 1997-2001
- Technical Skills: MS Office Suite
- Languages: Fluent in English, Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin, Spanish
- Availability: 1 month’s notics
References available upon request
[There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]
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About the Professor Role
Professors fill important roles on college and university campuses, including teaching courses, conducting research, securing grant funding, mentoring students and graduate assistants, giving presentations on behalf of the university, and engaging in the campus community. Often times being in the education field versus the business field, professors have a difficult time developing an accurate resume that reads well during the hiring process, over the academic paper style.
A well-made resume should highlight your credentials for the position, whereas a poorly designed resume will prevent you from being considered during the initial selection process.
To create a CV that stands out for the right reasons, follow our guide on how to write a professor resume sample.
What Hiring Managers Look for in Professor Resumes
- Your resume should provide a complete overview of your career experience, detailing in whatever length necessary your experience with teaching, research, publications, presentations, and committee and community involvement, as well as your own educational credentials and certifications.
- Important qualities for professorial candidates include critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication skills (written and verbal/public speaking), resourcefulness, the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger department and campus environment, and strong integrity. Make sure to showcase these skills and abilities in your resume.
Additional Professor Resume Writing Tips
- Because a professor resume can be very lengthy, make sure it is formatted well. Your resume needs to be easy for HR screeners and search committee heads to read quickly and absorb the key points. Hiring committee members read a more in depth version at later stages of the interview process.
- Focus and length may vary based on whether you are applying for a tenure-track permanent position or an adjunct part-time position. Research and publication experience are typically more important for the former, while teaching and/or industry experience weigh heavily for the latter.
Professor Job Opportunities
- Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
- Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Malaysia to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.
Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
- Create a winning cover letter and send it along your resume. The cover letter will serve as an introduction about yourself and is a great venue to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
- Be active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Make sure to create a strong online profile that represents you and you professional experiences. Here’s our comprehensive guide on writing a great LinkedIn profile.
- Before you start sending out applications, get a free CV Feedback Session with our team.
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