One of the missing ingredients that graduate and undergraduate
students feel they suffer is not having practical experience.
The practical experience would provide wider exposure to
situations, models, mentors, and problems that full-time
employment opportunities will look for.
It is good to attend meetings to check out employment boards
and have an chance to observe, meet, and go to mixers with
company representatives. Some firms will be looking for
mid-career professionals; others will be looking for recent
graduates. Finally, some employers and some recruiters will
be looking for interns and temporary employees. These kinds
of positions are not often listed on company web-sites. So, it
is wise to attend meetings and ask for them.
To this end, a colleague asked me to review her resume for the
purpose of applying for internships. She has a solid background
in materials, applied physics and magnetics and seeks to apply
her background in experimental material science.
JJ has developed a brief public relations document offering
nice information about
herself: all the necessary heading information, including Linkedin
her qualifications: experimental microscopy methods using several
probes, magnetometers, bulk and film material characterization
her skills: data analysis tools and crystal and magnetic property
her honors and awards
What is missing in this technical skill portion (Experience) of her
resume are specific accomplishments in her laboratory work at three
institutions. There is nothing she has written that substantiates
specific projects and accomplishments. This is needed in the
resume in brief bulleted statements. In its place, however, are
There is nice organization to the document, with separate pages for
Publications and presentations and references. It would help to have
her name on each page. If you can have a readable font size, like 10
or 11, it will serve you.
Be careful about formatting documents within Word. You may not
be able to maintain the format when it is imported into the company
web page. Think about using .txt and avoid going wild with format.