The resume is your marketing
tool and should clearly demonstrate what you offer the
company. In other words, it should answer "why" a company
should hire you. What do you offer? How can you improve their
operations, profitability or help them grow? And, it should
compel the reader to want to learn even more about you! Hiring Managers prefer a crisp looking
resume that gets right to the point and can demonstrate
accomplishments. In other words, what do you offer the
company. When writing your resume, do not use the personal
pronoun "I" and do not include personal information such as
marital status, age, etc. We have provided a resume template
below that will improve the style and substance of your
Resume Design Tips
The rule of thumb is
one page for early/entry level career candidates and two pages
for mid-career candidates. If you have a scientific or very
advanced career, your resume may end up multiple pages in
length and include publications, patents, etc. This is called
a CV (Curriculum Vitae).
The first section should be a summary
of your qualifications and personal attributes. Then add
interest and clarity by using indentations, bullets and vary
the font sizes (just don't get too fancy!).
Do not use photos or graphics.
Provide relevant details about your current and
past employers, such as size and scope of the organization,
physical location and product line.
Job and Education Dates
Make sure the dates are clear, including month
If there are employment gaps, they may be explained in your
cover letter; i.e. returned to school to complete Master's
Show your reporting relationships and
achievements with actual numbers. For example, do not say
reduced scrap by 35% in first year. State that you "reduced
scrap resulting in a savings of $150,000 the first year"
instead. Measurables are more meaningful when stated in actual
dollars, headcounts, etc. and not percentages.
PLEASE be ACCURATE and
HONEST. Mis-representing a degree is the most common error on
resumes and the consequences could result in your employment
termination or the job not being offered. Typically, degrees
are verified by the hiring employer. Embarrassing!
1266 Cottage Lane
Centerville, VA 24770
555-235-0495 ~ Cell 555-237-4467
Successful QA Manager who established a new QA Lab and
improved performance and output in an existing lab by using
exceptional communication and interpersonal team building
skills. Proficient in deviation systems such as Trackwise and
CAR. Manage and meet goals on time and under budget. Able to
adapt and learn quickly.
XYZ Pharmaceutical Company,
Charlottesville, VA 8/1996 – Present
$80 million contract
manufacturer of solid dosage, generic, products.
QA Manager, supervising group of
15 QA Specialists, Technicians and Chemists.
Successfully conduct FDA
audits, with no 483s in the past 6 years.
Improved batch record release
from 400 to over 700 per month resulting in over $78MM in
sales within 12 month period.
Expedite batch reviews to
prevent back order, assign priority in conjunction with
logistics and marketing.
Created batch tracking system
to monitor status of batch records and eliminate backlog.
Interact with customers to
resolve discrepancies and deviations.
Author, revise and approve
master documents, SOPs and LIMS data.
Evaluate production processes, operations and materials to
assure regulatory compliance and process improvement.
ABCD Pharmaceutical Company,
Schenectady, NY 7/1990 – 8/1996
$56 million manufacturer of
liquid parenterals and liquid OTC products.
QA Associate, 2 direct reports.
Audited quality of all
incoming raw materials resulting in $1M annual savings.
Prepared timely, final written
reports for vendors.
Developed and implemented
in-coming department's SOPs and managed the quality system.
Responsible for ISO 9002
department certification and subsequent internal audits.
B.S. Degree, Chemical
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA