Any published books, articles, stories or papers that you have written, co-authored or contributed to can be an effective way of demonstrating to a prospective employer your expertise within your career field, and that you have the necessary writing and communication skills required for the position. The Publications section is especially valuable for careers in academia, medicine, law, publishing or journalism. In this section, list the publications in which your work has appeared that are relevant to your job target or would be valuable in illustrating your qualifications to an employer.
This is an opportunity to focus the reader on your reputation among peers and to demonstrate personal initiative in your field. It can also demonstrate your researching, interviewing, and writing abilities. If you are widely published, you will have to be selective and list a few well-known or important publications.
List publications in reverse chronological order so that the list begins with your most recent work. Include the title of the paper, article or book, the name of the publication, name and location of the book publisher, and date of the publication. Be sure to include the names of any co-authors that are applicable.
Insider Tip: Give a brief description of the contents of your publication. If your article or book was reviewed favorably, you may want to include a quote. Be sure to include the names of any co-authors and list them exactly as they appear in the article or book. If applicable, provide more details about your publication, such as volume and page number. Use abbreviations such as: vol. (volume), p. (page), or no. (number). Make it as easy as possible for a prospective employer to research your work.
Publications - Examples
“Analysis of Recent Presidential Leaders.” Paper presented at a conference on U.S. Historical Figures. Philadelphia, PA, April 2011
“Working Class Life of New York 1950 to 1960.” Paper presented at the New York Research Group. New York, NY, November 2011
“Substance Abuse and America.” Report prepared for the National Institute of Alcoholism and Abuse. New York, NY, 2005
“Time and Time Again.” Exception Behavior. Los Angeles, California: Corbel Company, April 2012, 135(4). (published book review)
Demystifying Class Conflict in the Workplace. Miami, FL, March 2009. (with Thomas G. and Emily G. Hamilton)
Effects of Standardized Psychology Testing Practices. Los Angeles, CA: Harding, Brown and Chase Publishers, 2008, 23(1), 986-989. (co-author D. H. Sterling)
Publications - Questions & Answer
If your work is not yet published, then use the expected date as the date of publication. Once the article is published, update your resume with the final publication date.
If you are a widely published author, consider providing a partial list of well-known, important, or highly relevant publications on your resume. Use the heading Selected Publications for the title of your publications section. You may also provide a more comprehensive listing of your publications on a separate page during the interview.
There is no time limit for publications in your resume. However, if you are a widely published author consider limiting your list to just those published within the last 10 to 15 years, or those that are specifically relevant to the job you are seeking.