Top 10 Engineering Resume Writing Tips

Becoming an engineer is a highly competitive proposition for anyone and, therefore, an effective resume is necessary for anyone to get a job in this field. A good resume should indeed make the hiring manager want to continue reading and, eventually, contact the applicant for an interview. A successful candidate will want to follow these 10 engineer resume writing tips in order to land a great engineering job.

1) Rather than following a chronological order, make sure that you put the most important information first. That way, the reader will not simply see what you have done previously, but will also see your related achievements.

2) You don’t need to write an objective. The hiring manager knows why you have sent your resume, so it is more appropriate to focus on things that the reader does not yet realize. A summary at the top of the page will grab the reader's attention and is much more valuable than writing about an objective.

3) Include the most important information that you wish to convey at the beginning of the page because you want the employers to believe that you would be an asset. This will usually be your work experience and education, as this is what matters for a prospective employer.

4) Make sure that you add a list of projects that you have worked on somewhere during the resume, as this will prove that you have work experience in this field. You never know, the reader might even recognize some of the projects and be impressed with your work.

5) Use industry jargon, as this will make you stand out. In some cases, your resume will not even be read unless it has these buzzwords, as recruiters are using scanning software to look for resumes including these keywords. You could have the best resume imaginable but without these words, it might not be read by anyone.

6) Proofread your resume to make sure it is flawless. A couple mistakes would make a bad first impression, so make sure that you pay attention to your grammar and spelling.
7) Keep everything concise and to the point. You will want to make sure that you do not forget to include all of the important points, but do not get too wordy because this is a major turnoff for the reader and will quickly get very boring.

8) One mistake that many people make is they list their job duties, rather than their accomplishments. You want to sell yourself as much as possible, so let them know what you have accomplished at your previous jobs.

9) Make sure that the company sees the benefits that you can provide by telling them about the special skills that you possess.

10) Everything in your resume should be positive, so do not say anything bad about previous employers or previous jobs. Skip anything negative that has happened in the past and focus on the positive things that you have done.


Gail Esparan