Currently life in the mining and oil & gas sectors is tough and some of you may be scratching your heads nervously when pondering the future.

In these uncertain times it is good to keep in mind what is required for a good resume or cv...

 

Dear Colleagues,

Currently life in the mining and oil & gas sectors is tough and some of you may be scratching your heads nervously when pondering the future.

In these uncertain times it is good to keep in mind what is required for a good resume or cv. 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.

Some suggestions follow about creating your winning engineering resume with a business edge. Which I believe is vital to success.

The Nuts and Bolts of a Resume
It is essentially a one-page summary of who you are and why your skills and know-how are the best for 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 – 21st July’15 #574
125, 273 readers – www.idc-online.com/blogs/stevemackay