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Subject:  Hi, could you critique my resume? Date:  10/15/2007  5:55 PM
Author:  hereandnow Number:  257 of 268

I'm re-entering the job market after nine years as a SAHM. Before that I taught for five, before that I was a bench chemist. During the nine years out I wrote unpublished fiction and I'm a skilled writer and editor, just not that much at making up stories. Rather than try to re-train for bench work, I want to switch to technical writing. I'm 49; maybe I should leave off the dates? Complete rewrite? Any advice is welcomed.

An entry-level technical writing position where I can contribute my skills and experience.

Motivated professional with ten years’ experience conveying technical ideas to a wide range of audiences. Presents material in multiple formats to clarify concepts, including visual illustrations and physical demonstrations as appropriate. Masters new software as needed (recently self-taught Intuit Quickbooks). Published scientific and popular science articles. Experience drafting and editing others’ drafts of scientific papers, theses, dissertations, grant proposals and a business plan. Experienced at end-to-end project management. Disciplined work habits.

Skills Summary
· Project management
· Writing to guidelines and deadlines
· Editing for copy and clarity
· Research – online, library and interview
· Synthesis of researched material
· Verbal presentation

Professional Experience
· Recent clips available on request
· Published popular science articles in trade and MIT publications (including Technology Review)
· Edited and co-wrote business plan for Hidden Fortress LLC
· Edited and co-wrote grant proposal for Prof. Alan Davison (MIT)
· Edited multiple theses, dissertations and student papers for copy and clarity
· Edited multiple grant proposals for K. Barry Sharpless (Nobel Laureate)

· Redesigned and delivered two-semester descriptive astronomy for college non-majors (including online laboratories); enrollment doubled in a year
· Designed and delivered two-semester general chemistry course, lecture and lab
· Successfully taught students of ages 12-45
· Synthesized material from many sources for use in lectures and laboratories
· Tailored presentation of material to customer needs in tutoring sessions
· Presented research results to chemistry professional audiences

· Chief Financial Officer of startup company Hidden Fortress, LLC
o Set up and maintained financial projections (in Microsoft Excel) and company books (Quickbooks)
o Set up and maintained payroll and insurance for eight employees
o Researched legal requirements and organization for partners
o Located appropriate office space to company specifications
o Responsible for legal filings and all other routine organizational matters
o Troubleshot day-to-day issues involving HR, finance, office management and physical plant
o Sole responsibility for managing legal windup after company sale


Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)
B.S. (Chemistry)

Employment History
Private Tutor – Hometown CA 2003 – Present

Small Company LLC, Greater Los Angeles CA 2004 – 2006
Chief Financial Officer

XYZ College, XYZ City, MA 1995 – 1998
Assistant Professor (tenured)

XYZ College, Another City, MA 1993 – 1995
Lab Instructor

Science Writer, freelance 1991 – 1992

Bench lab company, industrial city, MA 1989 – 1991

ABC University, suburban MA 1987 – 1989
Postdoctoral Associate (Professor abc)
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