Tips for Writing an Engineering Resume
Resumes for engineers are especially challenging because most engineers are highly technical. Consequently, they are not able to “sell” themselves to hiring managers and recruiters who often do not understand technical jargon. There is a communication disconnect. I address this very topic in one of my Foremost Resumes videos:
Engineering Resume Writing Tips
Here’s a great resource that addresses this and other challenges. Pay special attention to their recommendation regarding resume formats. This is detailed in the section titled “Organization of the Resume”. A usual rule of thumb in resume writing is to only include job experience from the past 10 years. This is partly to avoid any age discrimination issues.
Also keep in mind that you have less than one minute to grab your potential employer’s attention, so it is essential that the beginning of your resume capture the attention of the reader immediately. Many hiring managers and recruiters will instantly discard any resume that contains any errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling. For example, one mistake that I often see is using two spaces after a period. Double spacing after a period is a holdover from the days of typewriters. Because computers have proportional fonts, only one space should be used after a period.
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