Get Started: 5 Tips for Your Resume

May 4, 2018

Most people in science are familiar with a curriculum vitae (CV), which is very different from a resume. A resume is an essential component of a job application in industry, non-profit, and non-research jobs. It contains relevant experiences and information that match the job posting. Here are some tips on how to get started on writing your resume.

Include Contact Information First

No matter what type of position you are applying for, you need contact information first. You want to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Make sure that everything sounds professional-don't use an email address like funcitygirl@gmail.com. Include a link to your LinkedIn page, but only if the page is fully updated.

Have a Professional Summary or Summary of Qualifications

Most people who are hiring for a position will jump straight to this section because it's the first thing they see-it's usually at the top, right after the contact information. This section sets the stage for the rest of your resume and is a good starting point to "grab" the hiring manager. It's your opportunity to tell them in three bulleted statements why you are the best person for this job. The best way to do this is to read the job posting, identify three skills that you do well and write bullet points including how your skills led to specific results.

Outline Your Education

For more entry-level positions or if the job posting calls for specific degrees, licensure or certification, it's better to include an education section next. However, if you've been in the field longer and have more relevant and impressive experiences that outweigh your education, the education section can go at the end of the resume. Include the name of your university, the city and state of your university, month/year of graduation and any achievements that are relevant to the position.  

Incorporate Your Work Experience

In this section,include the most relevant experience to the job posting. First include the name of the organization, the city and state of the organization, dates and title. Under each experience in a bulleted format, start with an action verb and describe the function you performed and the results that came from it. Make sure to use the same action verbs that are in the job posting.

Keep It Clean

When it comes to formatting your resume or the colors and font, go simple. There are resume templates on the internet or in Microsoft Word that you can use, but it's not a good idea. Most software programs that scan resumes can't read templated resumes very well. You don't want your resume to be put aside on the first round due to a technicality. Instead, keep the formatting clean and go with simple fonts that are easy to read.


Author: Shilpa Gadwal

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