Moving from academia to consulting
September 27, 2013 8:37 AM Subscribe
I recently left a tenure-track position(!) for geographic reasons (spouse's job). At this point I am not wedded to staying in the faculty track, and have been applying for admin positions as well as faculty ones. However, I recently saw an ad for an analyst job in a higher ed consulting firm in a topic area where I have experience and interest, and I am very seriously considering applying. I have some questions about how to format my resume and cover letter .
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I have already searched through the Versatile PhD forums and the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and have some tips from those sites, but I have some more specific questions that I'm hoping some Mefites can help me with.
I know a traditional business resume is 1 page, but some of what I've read on the Chronicle and Versatile PhD sites indicates a 2 page resume may sometimes be acceptable. For higher ed consulting, what is my best bet for length here?
My work experience goes back to the 90s, and some of it includes non-teaching work that is potentially relevant experience (project management type stuff). Is it weird to go back that far on a resume? Do I include *all* my jobs, including adjuncting work before/during/after grad school? The position requires a minimum of 7-10 years in higher ed, and I have more than that. Do I try to squeeze it all into 1 page, or just the last 10 years (10 years ago I was in grad school).
The position also requires research skills. I have a publication record. How do I include that in my resume? Or do I just discuss that in the cover letter?
Is 1 page single-spaced appropriate for a cover letter? Should I include why I left my TT job in the letter (in my interviews so far I know people in academia will ask. Will people in consulting care)?
In case it matters, there are people in the company, including the President, who have PhDs and were formerly academics, so I assume they have some familiarity with academic CVs. But the job ad says to upload a cover letter and resume, so I am assuming they don't want my full, 8 page academic CV.
Any other advice on how to sell myself as a consultant would be appreciated.