By Andrei-Iulian Kurtuy, Co-founder & CCO, Novoresume
Here’s something you may already know if you’re an engineer: you’re highly in demand!
When the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s “Create the Future Report” surveyed more than 10,000 people, the results were overwhelmingly clear.
Markets in the UK, US, China, Japan, and South Korea said they were in need of more engineers. A lot more. In fact, 84% or respondents went as far to say that engineering “can provide solutions to their country’s problems.”
So, if you’re looking for your first break in engineering or you’re taking the next step in your career, perhaps this will serve as a nudge to strike while the iron is hot. And that starts with a strong resume.
Below you’ll find valuable tips to help you complete a top-notch engineering resume. First, we’ll look at Aldo Neumann’s Novorésumé-created example and we’ll follow that throughout.
If you look at Aldo’s contact details, you will notice how they are short, sweet, and thorough.
The days of putting a full address on your resume have passed.
And email addresses replaced snail mail years ago.
But what if you have photographs, plans, or products that you’ve successfully completed?
It may be smart to link to an online portfolio to show potential employers your best work. Just make sure that the link is active. And don’t forget to include LinkedIn, if it’s well maintained and true to your resume!
Now to a central part of your resume – the summary.
This is where you can highlight your skills and show how they can bring value to a potential employer.
Let’s look at Aldo’s resume summary.
He describes himself as ‘practical’ and ‘versatile’.
He also mentions that he has ‘significant experience’, which shows employers that he’s a more senior engineer.
Then he does something quite clever.
He mentions he has a ‘down-to-earth’ approach to project management.
It’s great that he highlights this for two reasons: to deliver any project, you need to be approachable and you need to work well with people.
Above all, Aldo’s summary is specific and tailored to the engineering world.
Compare the specific and vague summaries below.
You’ll immediately see why one outshines the other.
Experienced, organized Mechanical Engineer with a background in project management as well as training in Electrical Engineering. In possession of strong communication and leadership skills due to professional experience as a worker and manager in the elevator installation field.
I am a Mechanical Engineer seeking employment with Millson, Inc. because I want to reach my dreams of becoming a Mechanical Engineer. I have a Master’s in Engineering and I was a TA in some engineering classes, so I know what I’m doing!
At this point, you might be asking: “Why did I spend all those years in university and work so hard to get the right certificates if you’re not going to mention them?”
Don’t worry – we will.
Qualifications and licenses are very important for engineers.
Engineers need a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a closely related field. Some employers prefer candidates with advanced degrees, but a Master’s or a Ph.D. is not always necessary.
But licenses can be an ongoing responsibility – especially in a field with many opportunities to travel and work overseas, where countries have different criteria and rules.
So find out what kind of license you need to work as an Engineer in your area.
If you have the right one, include it in a dedicated “Certifications” section. Include every well-known certification you have too.
Engineering is a highly technical job – but soft skills are equally important.
No matter what kind of engineer you are, you’re going to communicate with and lead others.
Aldo highlights his strengths in CAD programs such as Autodesk Revit and Autocad while mentioning his knowledge of Philadelphia’s building codes.
Your skills will relate to your own unique experience, but here are some hard and soft skills you could use to craft a memorable resume.
Skills are a necessity – but they’re often shared with many other candidates.
Now it’s time to make yourself stand out.
When writing about your career experience, focus on your achievements rather than listing duties and responsibilities.
Look at what Aldo does. He mentions that he managed eight projects with budgets totaling almost $5 million dollars at Tech USA while making sure all the legal and technical requirements were met. And his description of his time at Kinetic Ceramics nicely showcases his skills as a supervisor and manager.
Compare these examples for further inspiration: