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7 Resume Tips for Chemical Engineers

Your resume is one of the most important documents in your possession, and can have a staggering impact on your career progression. It is a written description of your ability to fulfill a business’ requirements, and is often open to a lot of interpretation. There are thousands of different ways to manipulate the same data (your skills and experiences) to present it in the most compelling way - remember, you are trying to prove to management, technical staff, and human resources that they will be better off with you in their employment.

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A resume is used by companies HR departments to evaluate a huge range of your characteristics to see if you will succeed in the desired position and whether you will fit into the culture, including:

  • Intelligence
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Team Work
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Ability

The differences between a standard resume and a great resume can result in a significant reduction in job opportunities if your application is dismissed.

Follow the tips below and you can improve your resume to truly reflect your actual ability.

1. Be clear and concise

No-one wants to read a novel to obtain the same information that you can dot-point. Summarize your key points and try to reduce any ‘fluff.’

2. Tailor your resume to each job application

Find out exactly what skills and experience the potential job is looking for and highlight those skills. If the job requires extensive process modelling then demonstrate your process modelling activities.

3. List your key projects and achievements

A potential employer is not interested in the 6 months you spent checking your email during work experience, but they are interested in the commissioning that you were involved in during those 6 months. Highlight achievements rather than timelines.

4. Sell your skills

Remember, you are not selling your personality. You are offering the company a solution, i.e. the ability to improve fuel efficiency, quality, or profit margins.

5. Demonstrate continued learning and education

With technology advancing at ever-increasing rates the ability to continually learn and improve your skills is extremely valuable.

6. Be 100% grammar and spelling mistake free

If you are sloppy enough to make a spelling mistake on a resume, than maybe you will make a mistake in an important calculation or critical decision.

7. Be honest

Do not try to trick your way into a job, or both you and your employer will be disappointed. Your reputation is your most valuable asset and should not be compromised for short term gains.

 

A resume is a document outlining your value and potential. Its importance should not be underestimated, but at the end of the day it is your skills and experiences that really count. Look at improving your knowledge and attributes and your resume will continue to improve.