The resume today is a living body that should represent the best parts of you when wishing to be considered for a job. Engineering is a very broad career industry, and it’s important to consider these key concepts for your resume to be considered.
1. No matter how many times people have been told, they always seem to skip this part- have your resume checked/edited by a family member or professional. Spelling and grammar errors are a no-no when it comes to resumes. Simply proofreading your resume yourself isn’t enough, you need to ask for assistance in this area since we all miss the little things.
2. Be precise and concise on your resume. Many resumes get skipped over simply due to the fact of too much information. The information you present about yourself needs to be short, informative, and to the point. If you feel certain information could increase your chances of getting an interview, then by all means put it on the resume. However, even if said information is pertinent, it could be a topic of discussion during the interview itself.
3. Skip the objective. Many times the objective on a resume does not match the specifics of the job. Therefore, the resume is ditched in the slush pile. You can replace the objective with a qualifications summary. This is where you inform potential employers of your most stellar skills and qualifications. You’re looking to pique their interests into a call for an interview, where you can continue to awe them with your true talents.
4. Fit the resume to the job. Since the resume itself is a living document, it should be adaptable to changes on regular basis. It’s important to tweak your resume to cover specifications of the job you’re applying for. Many professionals often fail to do this and wonder later why they never received a call to interview.
5. Use bullets to list any key accomplishments. The text should again be precise and to the point giving only the highlights. These accomplishments usually start with verbs like: conducted, organized, initiated, started, regarded as, developed, and such.
6. Add a project list with your resume. If you’re able to do this without overflowing your document, do so- otherwise create a separate sheet with your projects listed. Be sure to list projects by employers and give a short description of what you did.