Monday, April 27, 2009

Tid Bit from Last Week and an Intro for This Week's Entry

5 Easy Resume Tips:

1. Use your Objective statement to your advantage! State what you want and when you want it. For example, my objective statement may be:
  • “Seeking a full-time position in the Spring of 2010 with an emphasis in...”
2. Format your bullet points for your experiences by emphasizing the three things listed below. Quantifying your experiences gives a magnitude of your work. If you saved your company money, make sure to say how much. If you worked with people, say how many, etc.
  1. Money
  2. Time
  3. People
3. Don’t frown on your experiences because you think they aren’t related to “engineering”. Engineers need to know much more than how to crunch numbers! Emphasizing the soft skills (communication, networking, trouble shooting, etc.) you learned during a “non-engineering” experience can actually fill out your resume more than you think!

4. Try not to be redundant. Listing a C++ class under your education section then saying that you know C++ in your skills section is an example. For something like that, I’d skip adding your classes to your education section and just go straight to skills.

5. Trying to fill space in your resume? In your extracurricular activities and interests, mention activities that you may do that stand out! If you are a black belt in karate, say so! These details may help you maintain a recruiter’s interest and show that you have been successful in activities that may take discipline, patience, etc.

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