A resume is not a testimonial that must include every single detail about your professional life. It should be a marketing tool that showcases you in the best possible light and makes the case you are a competent and valuable professional.
Electrical engineers face a unique challenge when structuring their resumes because the profession includes a wide range of skills and specialties. If you’re an electrical engineer, consider the following tips on how to structure you’re resume.
Many recruiting experts point to a negative tendency among engineers to pack their resumes with as many skills, projects, classes taken and other bona fides as possible. You might think you’re being impressive when you do this, but you’re really just shooting yourself in the foot.
According to research, the typical resume gets accepted or rejected in less than 30 seconds. Therefore, you should be as succinct as possible. Structure your resume so it is sharp and to the point. Look at your resume like an editor: Trim the fat so you’re left with the ‘greatest hits’ from your career.
Reflect the job description
Every time you send out a resume for a job, it should be tailored to reflect the job description. For instance, if the job opening is with an environmental company, you should emphasize the environmental aspects of your background.
Go with a summary, not an objective
Unless you’re changing careers to become an electrical engineer, don’t bother writing an objective section. The best-written objective section should simply restate you are looking for a job that precisely matches the one you’re applying for, which is pointless when you’re trying to be as concise as possible.
A career, or qualifications, summary is much more useful to a hiring manager. In a few powerful sentences, your summary section should highlight your most valuable qualifications. The objective is to arouse the interest of the hiring manager, as fast and as much as possible.
Include a project list
Looking at your engineering specialty and experience, you may see many big projects that ought to be mentioned on your resume. Ideally, you can include these projects in a neat, compact section on a one-page resume. If you need more than two pages, you should attach a separate project list document.
Projects should be listed by company or client, and include a brief description of your contribution, as well as the project outcome.
Avoid errors at all costs
Precision is a priority on all engineering projects. Making your resume precise is a good way to indicate your attention to detail and ability to be thorough. Neglecting to proofread and fix all mistakes on the resume is a standard error, but it can be a costly one.
It’s crucial you have a well-written, professional resume without spelling or grammatical mistakes. Check over multiple times with fresh eyes each time and have others review it as well to ensure it’s as precise as possible.
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