The best engineering resume writing tips to remember
As you set out on your job application journey, it's important to remember that first impressions count enormously - and for recruiters, this impression is almost entirely shaped by the quality of an applicant's CV. This is as true in the engineering sector as it is in any other industry.
No matter your engineering specialism, it’s important to ensure your engineering resume is fine-tuned to convey your unique skills, accentuating your unique abilities, the contributions you've made to previous undertakings and firms, and the added value you would provide if the hiring manager opts to proceed with your application.
With this in mind, here are some of our top engineering resume tips.
Among these tips, you will uncover effective strategies that respond to the question, "What are some tips for writing an effective CV?". Thus, prepare yourself to transform your CV into a powerful instrument for your professional advancement.
1. Use a reverse chronological order to present your employment history, including accurate dates, company name and position.
2. Explain any gaps in your employment history.
3. Ditch the objective statement.
4. Soft skills often sound like meaningless buzzwords. Avoid listing these skills as they will already be demonstrated in your achievements.
5. Break down big blocks of text and long sentences using bullet points.
6. Make sure your formatting is simple and consistent. For example, if you bold one job title, be sure to bold all of them.
7. Tailor your resume to the advertised criteria or job description. However, don’t lie or exaggerate your experience or skills.
8. List your relevant computer software competencies. Self-rate, but don’t say you are an expert unless you can hit the ground running. Remember you may be asked to demonstrate your practical skills at interview.
9. List relevant qualifications and ensure you can provide evidence if required.
10. List the projects you worked on and use bullet points to explain your responsibilities. Only list projects that are relevant to the job you are applying for and highlight your personal contributions.
11. Sound credible by providing evidence of your knowledge and skills.
12. Only list hobbies if they are professionally relevant.
13. Limit the use of company specific jargon and acronyms so that people from all backgrounds understand your resume.
14. Make sure your resume has no spelling or grammatical errors. Double check and ask someone else to check as well.
15. Less is more! Your resume is like the blurb of a book. It should be a short promotional piece to help you secure an interview.
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This post was written by: Tomás Battaglia, Content Marketing Coordinator