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Posted by: site admin @ 5:18 pm

Resumes are the central PR document
job seekers use to attract positive attention

It needs to be a requirement for a blog like this
to bring out valuable items for resume writers,
point out some insights and highlight some
helpful positives

Louise Kursmark has written a lot in this area.
Some of her items fit right into chemical
scientists’ careers, with a little elaboration.
(For example, she wrote about 8 employer
questions to
ask about your resume.)  Here
are seven
questions (quite similar to Louise’s)
to pose and have answered in
your resume
PR documents (that suggests in your resume,
list of publications, list of references, cover
letter, research summary and possibly others);
 This blog
suggests some of these things for
our readership:

#1:  who are you?  Make it easy to pronounce
your name.  If you have a foreign sounding
name, and you have the ability to work for
an extended period in the US, LIST it right
under your name.

You should identify notable pedigree
(Phi Beta Kappa, project with a leading
company while in grad school, post-doc
with a notable professor, and others)
for some positions.  As we know, technical
skills alone won’t get you the job, neither
will pedigree alone.  Other features need to
be demonstrated or expressed.  Some times
who is in your list of references will help.
Other times, a mention of a person’s name
in your network in a paragraph of your cover
letter, if appropriate can help.  However, this
can be overdone.

#2:  what can you do for the company now?
Spell out your key skills that the company needs
(based on reading the job description and
speaking with people in your network) in the
HIGHLIGHTS section, if you use objective-
highlights sections, or in the the QUALIFICATIONS
section, if you replace obj-highlights with
a qualification statement.  Support the skills
in with accomplishment examples in the
EXPERIENCE section.  Demonstrate passion in
your PR documents.

Express your ideas in the terms used in the field.

#3:  what key skills do you have?

Your key skills that match the company needs
should be easy to find early in a resume.  Support
with List of Publications and Presentations.  Use
your affiliations to indicate where you have been
in leadership roles, for example.

#4:  Where have you done your work and for whom?
List your EXPERIENCE chronologically.  Use action verbs
to describe accomplishments
Study, assist, research are verbs that are
not effective in resumes.

#5:  What other relevant experiences do have?
Where have you demonstrated leadership,
high level of proficiency, strong and effective
communication skills?  this can be in the
KEYWORDS sections.

#6:  What kind of person are you?
Errors of almost any kind need to be caught.
Good, functional, easy to read and understand
organization speak about you.
A cover letter that is passionate and thought
fully put together tells of communication strengths.

#7:  Do you have any “red flags? 
blog links of red flags are:  A 
B   C  Also
the following
items Louise lists can be
interpreted as red flags

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