Jobs for Chemistry Majors and PhDs
If you're searching for jobs but not getting interviews, take your application to the next level with these 5 proven resume tips for chemistry majors and PhDs.
Even if you have excellent skills and experiences, you're probably not going to land that position if you can't convince the hiring manager you're the best candidate for the job. In order to accomplish this, your resume need to convey your credentials and enthusiasm in a succinct and professional way. Today, the hiring process is even more complicated with the introduction of automated tracking systems that automatically filter out applicants who don't possess the right keywords or skills on their resume.
To gain a competitive advantage over other applicants, make sure you're following these 5 tips to optimize your documents as you're applying to jobs for chemistry PhDs or majors.
Choose the right format and make it stick
“Remember that different industries require you to emphasize certain experiences at the cost of others.”
When crafting your resume, always keep industry standards in mind. Remember that different industries require you to emphasize certain experiences at the cost of others. For instance, if you're applying to jobs for chemical engineers, your resume would look completely different than one designed specifically for a consulting role.
Next, follow the format and compartmentalize your experiences to best match what an employer is looking for. Depending on the industry's section order guidelines, sometimes the experiences you want to showcase end up being 'lost' within the resume. Use your cover letter to magnify these experiences and make sure the hiring manager's attention is where you want it to be.
establish A PERSONAL BRAND... but DON'T GO OVERBOARD!
On personal branding, make sure your resume tells a unique career story. Just by reading your work experiences and accomplishments, a hiring manager should have some sort of indication of where you want your career trajectory to take you. Is everything consistent? Do you feel some points could be rephrased?
At the same time, don't be *too* personal. Candidates often make the mistake of including too much information on their resume, such as their birthday and nationality. The hiring manager doesn't care if you're married or not. If they do, you probably should look for a job elsewhere.
Keep this tip in mind as you're adding in appropriate social media links. For instance, a ResearchGate profile may be a good idea to include if you're going for an analytical role, whereas a Twitter link may be more relevant if you're interested in communications.
On another note, think twice before adding in a 'Personal Statement'. If you feel this is adding value to your overall application, keep it. If it's simply rephrasing your experiences, you need to take it out - it's detrimental to your application.
leave out the details
“Think of a resume as the 'Abstract' of your CV - it's short and to the point.”
As you're applying to jobs for chemistry PhDs or majors, you may be tempted to show off your publications, especially that synthesis paper you spent the last 4 years working on! However, be mindful of what's important and only include publications if they demonstrate a particular skill the employer is looking for or the position itself is research-focused.
Leaving out publications is also a great way to save space on a resume. Always remember that less is more, especially for industry positions. If you're accustomed to writing 10-page CVs during your academic career, scale down for a resume. Think of a resume as the 'Abstract' of your CV - it's short and to the point.
Focus on the results, not the task
Rephrase your experiences to show meaningful outcomes on your resume, not what was simply required of you. Tie this back to skills an employer is looking for and you have a winning combo. Quantify results as much as possible, numbers back up your experiences.
Don't give up!
Searching for a job is often a discouraging process. You may be applying to hundreds of positions but not getting replies. If this is the case, don't give up! You're not unemployable, you're just not presenting yourself in the right way for that particular employer. Make sure your resume is targeted, you have a solid job search strategy in place, and that you're adjusting your documents as you're applying to different jobs for chemistry majors or PhDs.
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