As a resume writer with a degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I have a good handle on technical content. If you are in a highly technical or scientific field, your resume should take the following points into consideration.
First, your resume will likely be read somewhere along the line by someone who does not understand what you do. A resume is not a term paper or a vocabulary test.
It has to be clear enough that a recruiting manager, Human Resources professional, or other nontechnical person can appreciate at least the gist of it.
Second, companies are more interested in results than in a long list of scientific and technical terms. Before you list every bit of research you’ve participated in or every paper you’ve authored, make sure they are relevant to the company, industry, and job you want to enter. Knowing the technology isn’t enough: companies want to see what you accomplished with your knowledge.
Third, you have to define acronyms. You may feel that “everyone” in your field knows the acronyms you are using. Believe me, they don’t. In fact, different departments in the same company may use the exact same acronym to mean two completely different things. Look up any acronym on the Internet and you’ll be astounded by how many meanings it has, even within the same field.
Yes, a degree from MIT has prepared me to understand technical and scientific terms. I still insist on writing resumes with sound English grammar, clarity, and a strong emphasis on results. Those are the resumes that win jobs.
If you’re in a technical or scientific field, please contact Robin’s Resumes® today for help with your resume.