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The Foot in the Door?: Musings on Writing a Resumé. AICHE Brownbag Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The Resumé. W ith a cover letter and a personal meeting (potentially), the resumé represents the way HR or recruiters will decide to give you an interview. It is not a life story.

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the foot in the door musings on writing a resum

The Foot in the Door?: Musings on Writing a Resumé

AICHE Brownbag

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

the resum
The Resumé
  • With a cover letter and a personal meeting (potentially), the resumé represents the way HR or recruiters will decide to give you an interview.
  • It is not a life story.
  • There is not one absolutely correct way to develop, present or format a resumé.
the resum should be
The Resumé Should Be…
  • ONLY one page
    • Focus on relevant skills and accomplishments.
  • Job position specific
    • The job opening description is your friend.
  • Easy to read
    • Use bold or italics when necessary
    • “Typical” fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.)
    • 10 or (generally) 12 point font
    • Do not clutter
address and objective
Address and Objective
  • Make sure personal e-mail addresses are professional.
  • If you choose to put in an objective statement, make it as specific as possible.
education
Education
  • Include your GPA, even if it isn’t where you want it to be.
  • Include your major GPA if it is better than your overall GPA.
relevant important coursework
Relevant (Important) Coursework
  • If position requires ChE degree:
    • Core ChE courses and engineering backbone assumed
    • Focus on engineering/science electives
  • If position does not require ChE degree:
    • Select subset of courses that could be useful for job position (if any)
    • Same rule applies for electives
  • Not a required part
experience leadership
Experience/ Leadership
  • Does not have to be these exact headings.
  • Can be ordered chronologically or by importance.
  • May require self-selection of experience
the ammunition experience leadership bullets
The Ammunition: Experience/Leadership Bullets
  • Again, remember the job description.
  • Bullets should be arranged in order of importance.
  • General things to emphasize
    • Leadership
    • Teamwork
    • High degree of responsibility
  • Use action verbs (or -ing (gerund) versions of them) and be consistent with form.
  • Using past and present tense appropriately
technical skills
Technical Skills
  • Can come from both academic and external/industrial experiences.
  • Could also include exposure to technical equipment (some ChE/Chem labs may suffice such as the GC)
activities
Activities
  • Should include any professional societies.
  • Can include clubs/groups, particularly if it is/was a major time commitment.
some parting thoughts
Some Parting Thoughts…
  • Again, remember the job description.
  • The resumé is a condensed sales pitch so put your best foot forward.
  • What makes you the desired candidate? (In many cases, everyone applying will have a ChE degree.)
  • People can sift through hundreds of these at a time so your resumé has to be engaging (In other words, not overly dense with words and easy to follow.).
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