Having prepared your best engineering resume and cover letter and having submitted your application only to not receive a response can be extremely frustrating. Fact is most engineering resumes and cover letters that an employer receives are never considered. This is because most of the critical elements that are absolutely critical for engineering resumes are not included.
In order to help you get interview calls I decided to write this article with the 7 elements an engineering resume and cover letter must have to be competitive.
1. Job Progression: The resume should have a progression of jobs with no large gaps in employment and showcasing your engineering skills and achievements. Focus on action, not participation and never leave large gaps between jobs unexplained.
2. A Short Summary Of Core Skills: A short paragraph listing your core skills, not less than 15 and not more than 30. This tells the reader exactly who you are in 10 seconds and also allows you to customize your engineering resume for the job.
3. A Professional Summary: Start with a short profile section that allows you to introduce the reader to your strengths, abilities and key competencies that match the job. This is the introduction to your resume so take the time to do it right.
4. Education Section: While all engineering resumes list academic achievements it is important to list any degrees or formal education you have. This could include professional training leading to a certificate or other education that is more formal such as college courses. Don’t leave anything out. Educational credentials are critical in engineering resumes.
5. A Strong Cover Letter: A strong engineering cover letter is key. This introduces the reader to your experience and desire to join the employer. Don’t be shy and make sure to pick key contributions from the resume and highlight them here. Also mention your interest in the particular job. Don’t send generic engineering cover letters. Customize the message for the employer.
6. Professional Training: So commonly overlooked, professional training is a key opportunity to show that you acquired skills along the way and that your employers invested in you. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your engineering training.
7. Professional Memberships: Professional memberships demonstrate your commitment to your professional growth and your interest in interacting with others in your profession. Make sure to list them in your engineering resume.
Your resume should include these 7 critical elements, with them you will be on your way to job interviews. Good luck with your search!