Online CV Help for PhD Students


Hello πŸ‘‹

You’re a PhD student and you would like to update your CV?

Even better if you’re in life sciences and in Europe, because I’m French and I’ve got a PhD in Neurobiology πŸ”¬πŸŽ“

You’ve read articles online about how to write a CV, and maybe you’ve even attended a workshop, but still, you would appreciate having a real person to give you specific feedback? Someone who knows how confuse we feel about our own skills as a PhD student and someone who cares about helping you?


Well, good news!! You’re at the right place πŸ‘


πŸ‘‡Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  Interested? Read below all the details and testimonies, and use the form to contact me :) Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  πŸ‘‡

Why update your CV today?

βœ… You have a specific job application in mind, or you are planning to apply somewhere soon.

βœ… You would like to take the time to reflect on your PhD experience. In particular, asking yourself which competences you’ve already developed and could include in your CV?

βœ… You need it for a mobility grant application, for a funding application, or an award competition, or maybe your university is asking for it?

⚠️ Read the Resume versus CV paragraph below.

How do I work?

I like to work on paper. Therefore, when you send me your CV, I will print it and annotate it. Then I will send it back to you scanned with additional suggestions by email.

If you take the ultimate package, I offer that we first chat on Skype for 30 minutes in order for me to understand your specific needs, and to help you reflect on your own competences and on how to include them in your CV.

If you’re in Switzerland, we could even meet IRL! :D

I am quick to respond to emails, just write to me with the form below and I’ll get back to you shortly πŸ‘

⚠️ Resume versus CV

Throughout this page I use the term CV because this is what we use in France. However, especially if you’re from North America, every time you see me using the term CV you should hear resume.

What difference some people make between resume and CV? On this website it says:

“The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience (generally 1-2 pages).”

⚠️ So, what can you send me for revision? Please send me your resume, meaning a 2 pages document summarizing your skills and qualifications, which is what I call a CV. I will not review a 10-page long document listing everything you’ve done. Thanks πŸ‘

About me πŸ‡«πŸ‡· πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί

Simply put: I care about PhD students’ well-being and I advocate for soft skills training in academia.

My name is Pauline, I’m French and I completed a PhD in Neurobiology in Switzerland, where I’m still living today. For more, have a look at my CV here.

On this blog,, I have been talking about #SoftSkills, #Career and #MentalHealth for PhD students because I think these subjects are linked. More about that in my first blog post:Β  How a doctoral program saved my PhD.

For your CV, you might also be interested in this article to help you identify your own soft skills: Skills, interests & values Self-Assessment Tools for PhDs.

Ready to work on your CV? Contact me through this form πŸ‘‡

Online CV Help


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I am now a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University. In the final year of my PhD studies, thanks to Pauline I have been able to adapt my CV to the appropriate audience in a very short time! Her advice were really helpful, in a few weeks I got invited for an interview, it would not have been possible without Pauline! Thanks a lot


Postdoc in Neurosciences, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University

Pauline and I did our PhD in the same lab. After working with her, I confidently can say that she is an extremely organized and thorough person. Today, she helped me to improve my CV and I am very happy with the result! :)


PhD student in Neurobiology in Switzerland

I will never thank you enough Pauline for all the help and confidence you gave me to pursuit my dreams. I was finishing my scientific studies in biology and was afraid of taking the next step: moving to biotech industry! With the right words and positive attitude, you guided me through this transition and here I am, so happy with my new life!


Specialist in Biotechnology in Switzerland, UCB Pharma

Thanks a million Pauline for your help with my CV! With a few advice it is now clearer and summarized all in one page! You helped me getting into the school I wanted and I am now a happy science teacher!


High School Science Teacher in Switzerland

Pauline has helped me with my CV to move from academia to industry. Working with her was very enlightening! She made me notice some unclear statements in my CV, suggested changes in the structure and gave me tips about the job search/application process. Thanks to Pauline’s guidelines and support, revising my CV is not so difficult anymore! :)


Freshly graduated Dr. in Biology in Switzerland

more coming!

*Why so expensive?!!

Well, to start with, I’m based in Switzerland, quite an expensive country…

Then, even for the first package (“Round 1”), in average I will work 4 hours for you. Counting email exchange, the review of the CV itself, writing a long, detailed and kind review to you, times go fast!

Finally, remember that this is independent work, meaning I will have to pay my taxes on it.

As a result, for this independent professional activity to be worth it for me, the hourly rate has to be higher than the one of my employed job! This is the simple truth about hiring free lancers, it does costs a lot πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ but you get an amazing service! πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

Now, ask yourself… how much will you be making once you land your dream job thanks to your perfect CV?! πŸ“ˆπŸ‘Œ


NB: I also accept Euros €