Does it make sense to put research publications on a resume while applying for an unrelated software engineer role?

Sep 13, 2019 5 Comments

The research papers are all published in international, peer reviewed conferences (Grade A or better), however they are in a completely unrelated field (NLP and ML) as compared to the roles I’m applying for with the resume (Software Engineer, cloud/systems/security) at Google, FB, Apple, etc.

Does it make sense to have a section for those publications on my resume? Will it have any effect (positive or negative) on my application?


YoE: Almost 1 year.


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TOP 5 Comments
  • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
    Publishing research papers shows a lot more than just knowledge in that specific field. Demonstrates you have creative thought, work ethic and initiative, communication skills, etc. Definitely include it on your resume
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Apple Ambg
    Definitely include. Many SWE roles have aspects of and benefit from crosstraining with ML fields.
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • NVIDIA / R&D TC?
    It's fine as long as you're clear about what you want. People may wonder if you're just taking the role as a stepping stone to your secret goal of ML/NLP. But more likely they'll be impressed with your accomplishments! Many software engineers at these companies have PhDs in unrelated fields.
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • IMO, Only if it’s at the very bottom and you still have room on your resume.

    Recruiters and automatic resume scanners are mostly looking for keywords that match specifically what they’re looking for these days. That publication wouldn’t get you past that stage. At the later stages, your interview performance will outweigh anything.

    Good keywords is king in a resume right now
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Bose


    Yes !!
    Sep 13, 2019 0


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