3 Quick Tips for Improving Your Resume For Your First Job in Chemistry

It takes the average recruiter 5 seconds to review a resume. Resume expert and science industry insider Dr. Amanda Riojas says highlighting your contact information on your resume is an essential part of making the most of those five seconds, since it allows the interviewer to reach you for an interview.

Keep in mind that when applying to an academic position they have different resume length requirements than a commercial science position. Since your academic resume must include much more information about your publications and research, it is acceptable to have a longer resume than your typical one-pager. Although your resume is expected to exceed 2 pages, it is best not to exceed 4 pages, experts say.

A well-done resume displays your personality and skills while highlighting what you have to offer to a potential employer. Want more tips for crafting a strong resume? Attend the ACS on Campus webinar “Resumes: Get Noticed, Get Hired” on Thursday, July 12 at 2:00 pm EDT. Learn from the experts about building a strong resume and how potential candidates, like you, can stand out from the crowd.

You’ll hear from two experts offering their respective views on the commercial and academic application process:

Dr. Amanda Riojas is the Scientific Computing Manager of Brewer Science and Chair and Founder of the Central Texas Local Section of the American Chemical Society, Women Chemists Committee. In addition to The Chemist magazine, a graduate and post-graduate magazine published by the American Chemical Society, Dr. Riojas’s work as a Contributing Author can be found at the Scientista Foundation Advice Blog and Fairygodboss.com, where her job-seeking articles have also been syndicated. In her spare time, Dr. Riojas advocates for women in the STEM and for graduate education as the Chair of the Central Texas Local Section Women Chemists Committee and ACS Corporate Associates Committee Liaison.

Dr. Shubham Vyas is a tenure-track assistant professor at Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Chemistry. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Physics-Chemistry-Mathematics from MLSU Udaipur (India) followed by his M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry from IIT Bombay. After graduate school, he worked with Prof. Platz as a postdoctoral fellow before he came to Colorado School of Mines as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Chemistry. Vyas serves as a mentor and coach at Colorado School of Mines., helping graduate students make the transition from Ph.D. student and post-doc to full-time academic researcher.

Join us on Thursday, July 12 at 2:00 PM EDT and 11:00 AM PDT for advice on how to properly tailor a resume, common pitfalls to avoid, and how to get the competitive edge to get hired. Register today!

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