Engineering Resume Writing Don'ts

- Many people will tell you to lie on your resume, but avoid this practice at all costs. There is a chance that the information will never be verified, but the last thing you want to do is find that ten years down the road someone pulls out your resume and discovers that you were never actually a propulsion specialist at NASA. Lying may have immediate benefits, but you will always have to deal with the fear that someone will find your resume, check it, and ruin a promising career.

- Don't design a generic engineering resume to give to every single company. If you do this, it will show that you do not have much of a work ethic, and this is not a good thing at an engineering firm or company. Make sure you put some effort into it!

- Don't use outrageous fonts meant to impress the employer. Use a standard font, and make sure that font can be read. You might use a different font for your address, but always make sure the font can be read! If the potential employer cannot read the font, then he or she will most likely skip over that resume.

The resume is the most important part of the job. It gets you in the door and gives you a chance to represent yourself. Just remember that after you get in the door, it's your job to do what it takes to get employment!


Gail Esparan