Writing the Perfect Resume


2 years leading team of 6 developing P&R tools

3 years as a team member developing P&R tools

5 years writing heavy C coding for....

4 years supporting P&R tools

5 years working with front end tools

4 years physical synthesis support

4 years doing Product Marketing of...

5 years in Sales over quota.....

Strong Math Skills

4-8 different components of a line or 2 each.


Your Current/Past Experience...


Next should come your PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.  List the company, the years you worked there, and your position.  When you are somewhere for a short period, rather than writing

Synopsys  Sr. R&D Engineer Physical Complier Group             June 04- March 05

Being that was 8 months, I might suggest putting   04-05, leaving out the months.  

I like it best when a candidate that has done several projects or gone through several promotions or teams, lists each separately and includes the dates for that time frame. List your accomplishments as generically as possible.  Everyone knows the buzz words, Formal Verification, model checking, device physics, P&R, Layout Extraction, SI,  STA etc.  This is better than getting down to the wiring and codes etc.  The exception here is clearly state when something is important and specific, and make sure you do so clearly.  Be generic, but not so generic as you leave out relevant compelling information about your experience.

There is controversy with candidates that have worked at several companies over a long span.  Do you list all the places you have worked, when some might have been very short term, or not.  I say list all, because there is always the possibility that someone will say, "Hey Joe worked at Valid, ask him if he knows this guy".  (In this case hope he likes you ;)  )   On very short term employments it is OK to add terms like "project cancelled" "company lost funding and closed"  "M&A" etc.


When listing your education, include the year, school, and degree, and certainly if strong your GPA, and honors information. It also never hurts to list post courses you have taken.

Include any published information and Patents where appropriate.

Use bolds where appropriate and I strongly suggest doing your resume in WORD.

I hope this article helps you land that dream job!  Each month I'll be writing an informative careers article for this publication that you can use to stay ahead of the curve. So, stay tuned, see you in January, and please contact me if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way. 

Mark Gilbert

Technology Futures  Inc. d/b/a ...


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