A recent chemistry Ph.D. approached with a situation
asking for help creating a business focused resume.
[Certain details are left out about the position.]
He started out with a nice, detailed “master resume”
outlining his chemical, chemical modeling and
physical biochemistry skills. He listed publications
(first, second and third author), patents and
The challenges he had included:
- translate the technical accomplishments into results-
- identify key transferable skills and
- state valued experiences demonstrating leadership,
assuming responsibility, teamwork, time and performance
management in academic, volunteer and competitive
The cover letter was addressed to a specific person at
the firm for her to “review the document and refer it” to
to the appropriate hiring manager.
The letter identified specific computational strengths and
suggested a computational finance model assignment
would be a possible fit. [Based on other information from
networking interviews, he had learned of a possible opening
in this area.]
Keeping to one page and not stating information on
the one-page resume, the cover letter stayed ‘on message’
without a lot of extra content.
The resume was organized into one-page, outlining
his transferable skills and providing specific examples
through documents in the cloud.
His heading included a link to his Linkedin.com profile.
His publications and presentations were linked in the
Experience section with limited technical
wording, providing documentation without over use of
If anything it was short on Honors and Awards and
Affiliations. I wonder if at that point is anything more
than an observation.