PurposeAlso referred to as a Curriculum Vitae (CV), your resume is your own personal marketing tool. The goal of a resume is not to get you a job; it’s to get you an interview. This can be a tall order considering most resumes get no more than 30 seconds of a recruiter's time. It’s your job to make sure that your resume stands out among the hundreds of others on that person’s desk. The key to accomplishing this relevancy is not by showing what you have done in the past, but highlighting what you can do for a potential employer in the future.
How To Make A Resume For Engineering Students
General GuidelinesAlthough the following are guidelines for writing a compelling resume for engineering students, the skills needed to write it apply to the engineering profession as well (i.e. precision, professionalism, error-checking, etc.). Sticking to these guidelines will demonstrate your use of those skills to potential employers.
- Your resume is your first impression to a potential employer. Make sure it is a good one.
- Read each job description carefully. Then customize your resume to highlight your experiences that match the requirements, as well as skills that meet or exceed those needed for the position.
- Create a resume bursting with accomplishments, not just listing job duties.
- List information in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.
- Use clear, concise, and professional language.
- Be honest.
- Avoid inconsequential information like interests or hobbies.
- Keep negative information (job losses, etc.) off the resume.
- As a student, you should be able to fit your resume on one page. Use bullet points instead of full sentences to save space.
- Be 100% absolutely sure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
- Do not send a photo.
- Ensure that the document displays well on a PC as well as on paper.
- Have at least one other person review your resume before submission.
- When you finish your resume, put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. Would you hire you?