Suggestions were offered to a capable undergraduate
senior who came to have her resume reviewed. She
is attending the ACS national meeting and did not
have a clear focus on where she wished to work.
The resume revealed that.
First we reviewed a draft job search plan she might
-create a target company list
-develop a file system for each company
-build a network contact list and where the network
members can potentially help her make contacts to
-place items into the file: news stories, ads for
companies and their competitors, key employees,
-contact recruiters and search firms for the particular
-add business profiles, business reports for key
companies and industries. Look up salaries with ACS
salary comparator and other salary tools.
-create contact and follow-up plans, sorted by date.
use social networking sites.
-create targeted resumes, after doing a
We then talked about how she could ask herself
some questions and perform a self assessment with
instruments listed in the blogroll.
Then, we focused on her “draft resume”. While not
perfect it was a good start. Every first resume has
places for improvement. We reviewed the resume file
concept and showed how to make her resume brief,
clear and specific, focusing on the courses she had
completed and techniques she listed.
Courses: While her placement center recommended
listing all her undergraduate courses to fill in the
page, we talked about modifying it to included
unique advanced courses which reveal a background
in organic synthesis of medically important compounds,
structure activity profiles and advanced experimental
designs. It is not valuable to talk about the courses
taken in the first 2 years.
Advanced skills: While the placement center
suggested all the methods she had used in the
various labs, we talked about focusing on key skills
that might be used for the compounds her target
companies might see valuable– microscale, multi-step
synthesis and several others.
These items seem pertinent for people at early
stages in their career looking for their first