Resume Tips for Industry Job Hunting

Dec. 17, 2018

A non-academic career can be a challenging and fulfilling choice for people with their Ph.D. in the microbial sciences. While you may be familiar with getting a job in academia, getting hired in non-academic positions require a different application altogether. One major component of the application is the resume. We provide tips for you in putting together an industry resume. 

Create a Resume Not a CV

CVs are a comprehensive list of everything you’ve done, whereas resumes are tailored to the job you are applying to. Which bring us to the next tip...

Tailor Your Resume to the Job Description 

First, identify the type of skills and experiences the recruiter or hiring manager wants by reading the job posting and highlighting the skills, tools, and experiences they are asking for. Second, pull the relevant skills, tools, and experiences from a master resume of yours into a new resume. Lastly, order your sections and bullet points by the level of importance to the recruiter. 

Make Your Resume Easy to Read

Keep your resume to 1-2 pages, input space to make it easy to skim, and have clear headers with brief bullets.

Use Keywords From the Job Posting in Your Resume

Some companies use software programs to remove applications if they do not contain keywords from the job posting. Read the job postings and take note on what keywords appear and how many times they appear. Make sure to include those keywords from the job posting in your resume. 

Put Your Work Experience Before Education 

In industry, your postdocs and internships count as experience and should be listed as experience. Also, experience comes before education because companies want to know what skills you have and your accomplishments. 

Be Prepared to Talk About Your Resume During Interviews 

Anything on your resume is fair game to be asked during an interview – if you mention HPLC in your resume, then be prepared to describe how it works and what your experience is with it. Do not misrepresent your credentials or experience just to list items relevant to the job because they can ask anything about your resume. 

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Author: Shilpa Gadwal

Shilpa Gadwal
Shilpa Gadwal is the Career Resources Specialist at ASM.