Forensic science has grown to be central in criminal, accident and mass casualty investigation. As a forensic scientist, you can get your fix of problem solving and a deep sense of fulfillment from serving the greater good. Even with the number of forensic scientist jobs growing, competition will be intense due to great interest in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Polish your resume to highlight the large skill set you will need as a forensic scientist to land the job you want.
Open your resume with a strong headline that includes the number of years of experience you have with lab work. Include any forensic scientist certifications or awards you have received. For example, a resume that opens with, "Dedicated Molecular Biologist with 7 Years Experience as a Forensic Scientist," will be read with interest.
Format your resume using a clean and concise template. Forensic scientists are expected to be highly organized and detail-oriented; your resume should reflect these qualities.
State the degrees you have earned. Forensic scientists typically have degrees in lab sciences such as biology or chemistry. A forensic scientist position -- as opposed to a forensic science technician -- will call for candidates with master's or doctoral degrees. Include the name of the university, degree, field of study and completion date. State theses, dissertations, awards and honors as bullet point under each degree.
Highlight the professional experience you have in a laboratory. As a forensic scientist, most of your time will be spent in a laboratory, rather than a crime scene. Organize your professional experience by position in reverse chronological order, stating your title, employer, employer location and dates of employment. Include details as separate bullet points explaining your role. For example, a bullet point may read, "Designed and executed proteome-wide screens using LC-MS/MS to identify bladder cancer markers."
Include a section highlighting the laboratory methods you have experience in performing. These may not all be highlighted in your professional experience details, but are crucial to a forensic scientist's qualifications. Common methods you will be expected to perform include liquid and gas chromatography, gel electrophoresis, light microscopy, PCR and DNA sequencing.
Reference laboratory advisers and supervisors that can speak to the skills and prior success that qualify you for a forensic scientist position. Obtain permission before listing someone as a reference. Your Professional References section should include the relationship, current position and contact information of all of your references.
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