Dear Dr. Eustace,
“Thank you very much for your message.
I appreciate your
kind help with my job
search. Attached is a sample application
package. It might
give you some
information before we talk on the phone. ….
Basically, I got my PhD in Analytical and
with more on Physical
Chemistry side. I studied the interaction
dye molecules and
polypeptides and other biomacromolecules,
and its effects on
the conformation and
aggregation of polypeptides and other
Now as a postdoc, I am working on the
conjugated polymers and conjugated
Since I have been working with
instruments (such as HPLC, GPC,
UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Laser, FT-IR,
for system characterization, I
would like to find a job in analytical
fields, working with
I look forward to talking with you soon.
HJ and I spoke and exchanged some
useful information about how reviewers
might read his resume to match their
openings to fill.
1. first 7 - 30 seconds: Key information
up front that matches needs
2. after first cut, review about 10% of
resumes for supporting information
displayed clearly, briefly and with
3. depending on number at the end of
second cut, look for other intriguing
factors that may help candidacy.
It is important to list key information
on top half of page one.
Let us focus on the Heading.
Our conversation determined four
important items not revealed by his
first draft of his resume.
1. He has employment authorization
document and will not need H1b
sponsorship. This should be placed
in the heading because of “foreign
2. He is currently working as a post-doc
at a Florida school. His resume heading
could list two columns on the top– home
address with one email and phone AND
his department address and university.
It indicates to the reviewer that he is still
“It is easier to find a position, when you
still have a position.”
3. The email address from the university
is not always reliable and available. His
gmail account is one he uses from all
This should be the email he lists on the
resume. It should use a business-like
4. It is much more common now to
list cell phone number as the contact
number. Make sure important phone
calls occur where there is good reception.