You’re an engineer – not an HR or marketing expert. When you’re doing your job, you absolutely need to think like an engineer. But, when trying to land your next great job, you have to be able to sell yourself, especially on your resume.
One of the greatest challenges with engineering resumes is determining which information is important enough to include, and which should be omitted. If you incorporate too many details, you may turn a hiring manager away from reading your entire resume in the first place. And if there aren’t enough details, you risk selling yourself short.
Use these three tips to help your engineering resume stand out from the competition:
- Think precision.
Now that’s a word you can relate to! Precision is paramount when it comes to engineering projects. The same holds true for your resume.
- Avoid information overload. Keep your resume crisp and to the point. Look at it with an editor’s eye – because it will likely be accepted or rejected within about 10 seconds, during its initial scan.
- There is no room for error. Triple check your resume to eliminate any typos or spelling or grammatical errors. If you make a mistake on your resume, how can an employer expect accuracy or attention to detail on critical jobs?
- Tailor your resume to the job.
Customize each resume to the specific role and engineering specialty you are targeting.
- Follow the Golden Rule of Marketing: Know your audience. Pepper your resume with action verbs that match those in the job description. Zero in on experience relevant to the position.
- Use bullet points. They are very scan-friendly, and recruiters love them. Correlate each point to keywords from the job description.
- Consider adding a project list. Unless you are brand new to engineering, you have a number of key projects that you want to showcase. List them by employer or client, along with a short description of the role you played in their success. Be sure to include specific information on positive outcomes. Make this a separate page if it doesn’t fit into your two-page resume.
- Have a strong summary.
A strong summary statement is a great way to catch a hiring manager’s attention right off the bat. This should consist of a few well-crafted sentences that highlight your most marketable credentials.
- Ditch an Objective in favor of a Summary. The wrong objective can cause a recruiter or applicant tracking system to automatically disregard you as a candidate. Instead, have a Qualifications Summary that spotlights your best qualifications; for instance, “15 years of international mechanical engineering experience, including a strong background in Kaizen, ISO and automotive manufacturing. Qualifications include a Six Sigma Black Belt, Advanced Pre-E licensure and PMP certification.”
Through our extensive network and market intelligence, CPS Recruitment has access to the best engineering jobs – and job resources – in central New York and beyond. We can assist you with hiring outlooks, market trends, and the tools and techniques you need to perfect your engineering resume, enhance your search, and advance your career. Contact us today to learn more.