Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Professional Development Resources

Identifying and Translating Your Skills

Résumés and Cover Letters

  • Resumes and Cover Letters for PhD Students - Guide developed by Harvard's Office of Career Services. Includes examples of résumés and cover letters that effectively communicate graduate school experience in ways that are understandable to employers outside of academia.
  • Transferable Skills and How to Talk About Them - How to translate your academic skills into workplace skills on your résumé. Includes a printable list of academic skills that translate to specific workplace skills and a short resume writing guide.
  • Do You Speak Résumé? - How to translate your skills and experiences when writing a résumé.

Informational Interviews

Enhancing Your Skillset

Resources from Professional Organizations

Career Exploration and Development Resources from Other Universities

  • Imagine PhD - A career exploration and planning tool developed by the Graduate Career Consortium for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.
  • University of Michigan - Resources for graduate students interested in non-academic positions.
  • University of Illinois - Career exploration resources, including self-assessment, informational interviews, and job search resources.
  • Columbia University - Resources for humanities and social science PhDs searching for careers in various non-academic fields (ex. publishing, cultural organizations, consulting).
  • Humanists@Work - An initiative from the University of California Humanities Research Institute that includes a wide variety of career exploration and professional development resources, stories from graduates working outside academia, and a podcast.