Resumes come in several forms, but for the
most part, they need to have
- key useful information up front,
- be easy to read and
- have key search terms embedded in
Some things people who are in transition
should be aware of are
After your first couple of years in industry,
re-order sections of your resume so Experience
comes before Education
Remember to highlight the benefits your work
has provided to the company– new methods,
patents, savings, customer satisfaction,
completed projects, etc.
Remember the last 5 years of work will be
what many reviewers will be looking at first.
(recent grads) Don’t list all the things done
during your graduate school days. The further
back in time, the fewer bullets.
Working in industry may have given you
the chance to lead teams, organize and
develop FDA documentation protocols,
conduct audits and many other functions
(annual personal reviews, hiring, firing,
Do you list roles and responsibilities?
it depends, but generally, not first, if
you are seeking a technical position.
What do you think the computers will be
scanning for? key terms. These functions
will not be listed. Your position title might
be key so do not forget. Have the title signal
what your responsibilities entailed. Scientist
II tells very little to a resume reviewer,
but Methods Development Analytical Team
Leader might. Project manager says little
but Coating fluids pilot manufacturing
manager offers more specific information.
[this needs to be carefully stated in that
it needs to reflect true roles.]
Working in one industry, how do you
convince reviewers in another industry
to consider your skills and accomplishments?
Remember, clear, understandable and
specific statements about your work are
what reviewers seek.
Consider listing a keywords section at the
end when describing terms different industries
use for the same thing.
Consider using references who are familiar with
your transition. References may have made
transitions like you propose and can show
why it makes sense.
Show how you have been able to pick up
new areas and contribute quickly in your
Place your name on top of each resume
Have enough space on the boarder of each
page. One inch recommended.
Know what each field “expects” to be
included in resumes. [Pharma, biotech
like a 1-page research summary.]