After meeting more than a couple of dozen
people in San Francisco to talk about their
resumes, it is instructive to point out some
strange findings, some missing key
elements and offer some hints.
- Only one or two had font size 11. All
the rest were font 8-9, trying to squeeze as
much on two pages (or more) as possible.
- Most do not seem to know that there is
a “resume red zone” on page one of your
resume. It is the middle third of page one
that every reviewer looks at and should contain
your most compelling information why they
would want to interview you.
- Look what I read in the ‘resume red
zone’ of some –
“six years of teaching basketball, baseball and
soccer camps” [recent Med. Chem. Ph.D.]
“assist in development…..
“reviewed manuscripts for peer reviewed
“Chemistry exam proctor and grader…
“Listing technical skills [one third of first
page; note Ph.D. should be beyond this to
creating something new or solving problems
with these tools. It is more appropriate for
MA or BA resumes.]
Weis Pharmacy, Pharmacy technician…
[instead of actual detail of chemical research]
- EXPERIENCE SECTION hiccups included”
“Used X, Y, Z [software] to study protein dynamics…
“Worked on the classification…
“Made concerted use of….
“Studied the properties of …
These are examples of “weak” verbs that are
not true action verbs. Remember, we look for
Please list information in sections in
reverse chronological order.
Please have a HIGHLIGHTS section before
your EDUCATION which points out your
most significant skills that support your
Please consider providing a link to your own
technical web-page in the HEADING.
Doesn’t everyone have one these days?
Please consider using links to information
sources and publications.