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Résumé Design Chem 391 Page 1 of 15 Design of a Résumé and Letter of Application See also Many of the ideas presented here are taken from this source, as well as the earlier American Chemical Society pamphlet “Tips on Résumé Preparation,” 1994. The Résumé A résumé is a brief presentation of your skills and accomplishments to potential employers. (A curriculum vitae (c.v.) is an expanded form that is used for academic positions; you can learn more about c.v.’s later, as needed.) A résumé is not intended to get you a job, but rather an interview. It should be brief, accurate and compelling. Remember, often it will be the first impression you make on an employer; you want that impression to be positive. Two formats are usual: chronological and skills-based. The former is the traditional personal data format, but you may prefer the latter format because it allows you to focus on what your capabilities are, rather than focusing your prospective employer’s attention on job changes and gaps in your employment history. No one résumé style is desirable for everyone, nor even for the same person in all circumstances. However, certain components are general for all résumés: Head the résumé with your name and contact information (usually give a personal email address–a business email address is not private). Do not include personal statistics such as age, health, marital status, number of children, height, etc. If you are a citizen of the country where the job is located or you have permanent status, you may wish to state this information. If you do not have permanent status, the ACS advises that you do not state this information on the résumé; you will be asked about it if the company is interested in you. If no suitable citizen candidates are available, the employer may be willing to sponsor you for permanent status–this can be discussed in your interview. Give an objective identifying the general kind of employment you are seeking and a sense of your professional direction. Don’t list a specific job, but tailor the objective to be consistent with the organization and the job you are applying for. If you have geographical preferences, you may list them here, but keep in mind that such limitations will reduce your employment opportunities. (Still, be honest in stating any real restrictions you have). Try to convey your goal and strengths and how they relate to the job in just a few words. Two examples given by the ACS (see URL listed above) are Objective: A research and development position in the pharmaceutical industry that takes advantage of extensive experience in synthetic organic chemistry. Objective: A position requiring analytical skills in wastewater management to improve
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2012 for the course CHEM 391 taught by Professor Vollmer-snarr,h during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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