We all keep a reasonably up-to-date engineering resume (or cv) – unless of course we have been with one company for ever.

Dear Colleagues,

We all keep a reasonably up-to-date engineering resume (or cv) – unless of course we have been with one company for ever. In these uncertain times it is good to keep in mind what is required or indeed, you may need to help a buddy who needs support in writing his or her resume. A good resume is vital whether you are an electrician or a chief engineer.

This short note is to help you create a winning engineering resume with a business edge. Which I believe is vital to success.

What is a Resume?

It is essentially a one-page summary of who you are and why your skills and know-how are aligned with the job under offer. The key element is to understand your audience (interviewer or would-be employer) and to market yourself in an eye-catching way which reduces the perceived risk of your would-be employer.

Different audiences require different information. You have to compete with many other resumes and ensure that your write-up hits the target and gets the potential employer reaching for the phone to talk to you further.

The content is not as important as the way you present it. I am not suggesting you lie, cheat, or steal to get the job you want. But, you need to carefully consider what the would-be employer is after.

Suggestions, Suggestions and More Suggestions

Some suggestions for writing your next resume:

I like Leonard Bernstein's wry comment: To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

Thanks to Elizabeth Lions of the IEEE for an excellent article on the topic.

Yours in engineering learning,

Steve

Mackay’s Musings – 31st March’15 #558
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