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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.).