Objective And Summary Statements in An Engineering Resume

The use of a strong objective statement or summary in an engineering resume is often overlooked. It should not be, as it is a unique opportunity to score big points with the reader.

Your engineering hiring manager’s time is precious. He or she will not spend a lot of effort trying to discover who you are in the body of the resume. If they have other engineer’s resumes that clearly tell them about the candidate upfront, they will go with those. If your engineering resume is hard to read, no call, no interview, you lose.

You need to open with a strong statement that immediately addresses the fact that you can fill their need. In the first 15 seconds of reading their mind must race to the fact that you are going to help them fill the gap they want to fill.

So how do you do this?

Research what the need is first. Either through a job posting or through a referral you should have a clear idea of what the engineering position is all about.

Then make sure you clearly state what your objective is and of course it should match the need. This tells the reader of your resume that you are a person that they want to talk to.

A great match potential!

Then and only then, will they give your resume their attention.

In summary make sure that you clearly state what your objective is and that the objective matches the job posting words or need they are trying to fill.

A professional summary then delivers the message that you are the person for the job.

It’s a two punch approach that delivers results. They immediately decide to call you and then simply peruse the resume.

Note that in some cases you can add your objective statement in the summary section and avoid a dedicated objective. This saves some space which can be convenient.

If the reader doesn’t immediately think of you as a match, your resume is going to end up at the bottom of the pile and with it go your chances of getting that job you want.

Give them the bottom line upfront in your engineering resume and your chances of getting and interview call will increase dramatically.

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If you have any questions about this or any other topics please feel free to contact me directly. Good luck with your search!

Thanks for visiting!

Michael Brit
President & Chief Resume Writer


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