Update Your STEM Resume Month

Fall – The Best Time to Update Your STEM Resume

I love the fall season. There’s something about the weather, the coziness, the drinks, the holidays, and the colorful leaves that make that satisfying crunch as you walk over them. It’s also the time of year when my calendar gets jam-packed with many returning clients looking to update their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other documents. … Continue Reading

STEM Job Search, Part 5 – How to Ask for an Informational Interview

You’ve sent your personalized LinkedIn invite. The person accepts. Now what? Most people invite someone to connect, wait for them to accept, and leave it at that. You’re going to do things differently. Once this person becomes a 1st-degree connection, you can view the profiles of their connections. You can also use LinkedIn’s messaging feature … Continue Reading

5 Strategies for Building a Strong Engineering & Science Resume

The most common mistake I see when working with scientists and engineering professionals is information overload. Information overload shows up as confusing industry jargon, unfamiliar acronyms, or overly detailed job descriptions while neglecting the impact you delivered. So how can you present your technical skills, knowledge, and achievements in a way that leaves a positive … Continue Reading

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 4 of 6 – How to Highlight Skills on Your Resume

We will specifically examine the following topics: This article will also include links to other informative blog posts that you may find helpful to build out your resume’s skills section. Let’s get started! What do skills have to do with ATS? Today, 97% of large companies and over 80% of small- and medium-sized companies use … Continue Reading

Resume Summary

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 3 of 6 – How to Write a Striking Resume Summary

If you’ve been following the STEM resume series, you may recall in your work from part 2 the importance of capturing the reader’s attention within 10 seconds. Remember, recruiters spend an average of 4-6 seconds reviewing a single resume. This section can determine if your resume moves to the “yes” or “no” pile. By the … Continue Reading

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 2 of 6 – How to Craft a Branded Headline

Personal Branding and your Job Search The most successful job seekers (and my most successful clients) can communicate who they are, what they’re good at, and how they add value. Essentially, these are the core messages you want to communicate when applying for a job. When done right, you open doors to new job opportunities … Continue Reading

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 1 of 6 – How to Create an Attractive Resume Header

As a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) professional, writing your resume is more challenging due to the highly technical nature of your role. My inspiration for creating this series was to help alleviate the stress and overwhelm that comes with writing a resume while cutting through the bullshit and other conflicting resume writing advice … Continue Reading

Hiring a resume writer? Look out for these 7 red flags!

The first thing to know about the resume writing industry is that it’s not regulated. Anyone who can use the Internet can advertise themselves as a resume writer. Have you ever googled resume writing services? If so, you’ve likely gotten dozens of results for various resume writing services with prices all over the place. We’ll … Continue Reading

Thinking of Hiring a Resume Writer? 18 Questions to Help You Choose the Right One!

Recently, I received a message from someone—let’s call her, Claire—who had her resume updated following a massive layoff at her most recent employer. Nearly nine months later, she’s still searching for her next job after seeing no results (interviews). Naturally, this scenario would discourage anyone. As we continued talking, she revealed the name of the … Continue Reading