NEVER USE A STOCK RESUME! EVERY RESUME YOU SUBMIT SHOULD BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AND TAILORED TO THE JOB WHICH YOU HAVE APPLIED. A COPY OF THE CUSTOM RESUME SHOULD ALSO BE SAVED ON FILE AND REVIEWED PRIOR TO INTERVIEW .
Name, address, email, and phone number in bigger font on top of page
Use header to save space
10-12 point font, Times New Roman; don’t use cursive/cute/weird/gothic fonts
Put education as first section, then relevant experience in chronological order (most recent/top to least recent/bottom, then other activities or skill sets
If no relevant experience, talk about the lab experiences that you have had (either from research or from chemistry classes) and elaborate on the techniques that you have mastered
Bold important things
If you have a good GPA (>3.0); don’t list GPA if it is below 3.0
Titles of jobs, honors, scholarships, awards
Don’t bold everything, bolding is to make important things stand out
Try to fill up the entire page, don’t go over 1 page but get as close as to filling the entire page up
Make resume easy to read:
Vertical alignment is more pleasing to the eyes
What to put and what not to put
Avoid putting an objective.
Most people will have an objective similar to yours.
Your space can be better used to put down a summary of yourself (ask Katherine for examples)
Or just completely eliminate that section and use the space for other things
Do not put personal information
Leave out social security, marital, or any unnecessary information
Do not put down references, provide only if they ask
Ideal Length: ½ to ¾ of a page
When to write a cover letter:
Whenever applying to jobs on zotlink or company websites, only submit what they have asked for
Otherwise, always write a cover letter
Suggestion: when emailing your cover letter and resume to a hiring manager, always type something in the email body, NEVER LEAVE IT BLANK.