An engineering manager will look for skills and alignment with the job first. However if you are applying for the right job then these two things are a given – for you and for your competitors. So how do you differentiate your engineering resume from the other on the manager’s desk?
What Do Engineering Managers Look For In Your Resume?
Your achievements. You must tell them about the specifics of your contributions. It is fairly easy to write down what you worked on, the jobs you performed, the companies you supported and specific skills you have. These are important but they do not address the key question in the employer’s mind…
“You tell me you can do this and that… But have you actually done it?”
The only way the employer will know what you can do is to read about your accomplishments. So make sure that you tell them what you achieved.
Did you develop a new engineering tool? What did it do? How did that help? Did you design a new part or engineering process? What was the outcome? Did you manage an engineering program? If so did you meet schedules and budgets?
Here is an example of an electrical engineering resume that is well written and lists clear achievements and accomplishments without using too many words.
If I am the reader I want to read objective achievements because they tell me what you have done before. This builds my confidence that you can do things for me when I hire you. So… I am going to call you in for an interview. When appropriate add percentages in savings, efficiency metrics, increased performance numbers or any other metrics that show your work made a difference.
In summary list achievements in a quantifiable way. Tell the engineering resume reader what your contributions were and how the affected the project, product or organization.
Be specific when appropriate to highlight contributions.
Try it… It really helps get interview calls…
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