Graduate students looking to move into alternative-academic careers should tailor their resumes to quantify and highlight their skills as they relate to the larger function of the university, write Brenda Bethman, a University of Missouri professor, and C. Shaun Longstreet, of Marquette University. For success in alt-ac careers, they write that "it is about the position and contributions to a larger team, not personal accomplishments through publication recognition and course evaluations. Describe your responsibilities, your connections with other people, and be results-oriented."

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