• Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Think of your resume as a brochure. You want to market yourself with class, right? Adhere to these ten tips to advertise your unique skill set to your future medical device employer:

  1. Use a bulleted style to make your resume more reader-friendly. Given that employers screen resumes for between 2.5 and 20 seconds, they will find your resume a lot more readable if you use bullet points instead of paragraph style. Also avoid using full sentences by eliminating “a,” “an,” and “the.” Resumes don’t need proper syntax and punctuation. Also avoid the weak verbs, “to be,” “to do,” and “to work.”
  2. Make sure your resume has a sharp focus. Again, given the finite amount of time that employers spend screening resumes, you need a way to show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you’re good at. Your top goal is to create enough interest from your shiny resume that they will want to interview you and then the selling begins.
  3. Keep it condensed. Your resume should not exceed 2 pages. If your career is less than 15 years, you should attempt to keep in on one page if possible. Pare it down by eliminating wordiness and less impressive “duties & responsibilities.” You can also play with the margins and reduce the font size.
  4. Make sure it is electronic friendly. Avoid using tables and making too many format customizations because most likely they won’t stay with your resume when someone else opens it. Most applicant tracking software programs cannot parse the format effectively and it may end up looking like one massive paragraph.
  5. Use strong, concrete verbs to describe your jobs, and don’t mix noun and verb phrases. Let’s look at this example: Managed and controlled all aspects of company’s West Coast presence. [verb] Complete ownership of inventory and financial standards. [noun] Full P&L responsibilities. [noun] Analyzed market and forecast sales, prepared corporate budgets and monitored results to achieve ROI objectives. [verb]
  6. Never Lie. Companies are careful to check your background against the claims on your resume. If they don’t match, you will be fired! This usually happens after you have already resigned your previous position and burned all your bridges.
  7. Focus on describing past job activities that highlight the skills you most like to use and want to use in your next job. Don’t spend a lot of space, for example, describing things you did in a past job if you have no intention of doing it again. Even if you’ve mastered skills that are in great demand, don’t emphasize them if they’re not the skills you want to use in the future.
  8. Do not sprinkle your resume with personal pronouns (I and Me). It is your resume and therefore it is about you. No need to waste valuable space.
  9. Your interests such as reading, dancing, rock-climbing, and interpretive dance should not be included in your resume unless such information is specifically asked for by the employer. You are applying for a job, not a spouse.
  10. If you were at a job for less than two years, state the reason briefly for leaving: company sold, downsizing due to loss of funding or FDA issues, company reorganized, etc. The key is this: don’t leave room for speculation. They will assume the worst.


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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on medical device careers.

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