Published on March 7, 2014
Writing Your Technical Resume Dr. Liesl Folks Dean UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Holly M. Justice Engineering Career Counselor Career Services 259 Capen Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Resume Writing
Student perspective vs Employer/Professional Engineer perspective
What Employers Have Said They Seek: • EXPERIENCE! (Co-op/Internship, related experience) • GPA • Good Communication Skills – Oral and Written! • Computational Skills • Data Management & Analysis Skills • Creativity • Evidence of Team Work • Time Management Skills • Problem-solving Skills • Enthusiasm • Flexibility • Being able to apply what you’ve learned
Internship posting examples What is the employer really looking for in a candidate? How do you illustrate your skills in your resume?
Internship Posting COMPANY: FISHER-PRICE POSITION: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING INTERN DESCRIPTION As an Electrical Engineering intern you'll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of products and explore diverse areas of electronics including: • Digital and analog hardware design • Mobile gaming • Digital audio • RF • Embedded programming Interns are an important part of our organization making real contributions, learning as they do. Over one third of the electrical engineering staff at Fisher-Price began their careers here as interns. Primary Duties: • Build and debug electronic hardware prototypes. • Testing and debugging of software. • Debug and test production prototypes. • Embedded programming • Technology R&D projects QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of the fundamentals of digital and analog transistor circuit design. • The ability to read schematics and identify electronic components. • Hands-on experience building circuits including soldering and wiring. • Background in programming. Knowledge of high-level languages such as C and low level such as assembly is a plus. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Must be a registered student enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's Degree Program that is technically-based, preferably Electrical Engineering.
Internship Posting Company: Flextronics Position: Mechanical Engineer Intern Purpose: Assists with design and development of mechanical parts, sub-assemblies or fixtures for Disposable and Electro-Mechanical systems (surgical instruments, patch pumps, drug delivery devices) in accordance with Flextronics Product Life Cycle (FPLC). Principle Accountabilities/Duties: Participates in functional process execution. Completes special projects within functional areas. Participates in meetings and training sessions to obtain information related to position objectives. Integrates information into job performance. Provides input on related functional processes based on educational and professional experience. Job Requirements Minimum (MUST HAVE) Qualifications: Pursuit of BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent Strong verbal and written communication, organization, problem solving and interpersonal skills are necessary Analytical mind and strong critical thinking skills Desired (NICE-TO-HAVE) Minimum Qualifications: Some exposure/experience in SolidWorks and Pro-E. Experience and familiarity with basic manufacturing processes such as machining, metal forming, etc. Completed coursework in materials, stress analysis, structural engineering, dynamics Education or Training: Pursuit of degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
The Resume • What is it? An individually designed, brief summary of your accomplishments – (including education, experience, skills, etc…) • Purpose? To get you an interview! • Should reflect your unique background & excite interest in you as a potential employee • Must show your impact
The Resume • Plan Ahead - Know the job you are seeking. - Know what you have to offer… Accomplishments / Impact / Results Skills Experiences • Research the Employer - Know what qualities, skills and experiences employer seeks in candidates
Resume Content: Must Have’s! • Identifying Data: You must be easy to reach! Your Name Address (temporary/permanent, dates) Phone (professional sounding message) Email (professional address name) Ex: Yi (Mark)Wang email@example.com 716-645-2231
Resume Content: Must Have’s! Education Name of College/Univ. Degree, Major/Minor Date Received or Expected GPA (3.0/4.0 issue) Applicable Coursework (optional) Awards/Honors (optional) Study Abroad (optional) Example: Education University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, May 2015 Overall GPA 3.3/4.0 Civil GPA 3.6/4.0 Dean’s List, Fall 2011, 2010 Relevant Coursework: Engineering Economy, Construction Management, Production Systems, Probability and Statistics OPTIONAL – Only use if it will map to keywords.
Resume Content: Must Have! Experience (paid, volunteer, internship, co-op, military) Target To Your Audience! Reverse Chronological Order! Ex: CIVIL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE Turner Construction, Buffalo, NY Civil Engineering Intern, Summer, May – August 2013 • Improved quality assurance of data through design of stress analysis spreadsheets • Reviewed designs and compared with field construction • Supervised 10 person work team and coordinated all work schedules • Verified material compliance with all state and federal standards.
Resume Content: Must Have! Experience (paid, volunteer, internship, co-op, military) Target To Your Audience! Reverse Chronological Order! Ex: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE Qualcomm, San Diego, CA System Test Engineer Intern, May – Aug 2013 • • Key contributor to the successful establishment of automated RF System testing and characterization entity. Conducted first high-volume RF system test on QC single chip product. Collected and analyzed data and presented to project leadership
Resume Content: What’s so technical? • Technical Skills (maps to keywords) • Projects (with impacts) • Professional experience (Technical/Related Experience) (with impacts!) Example: TECHNICAL SKILLS Languages: C, C++, Java, Assembly Software: Maple, Visual Basic, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), Knowledge of Matlab Operating Systems: Windows 98/NT, Unix Field : Surveying, estimating
Resume Content: What Else? Category Headings • • • • • • • • • • • Engineering Experience Engineering Co-op Community Service Professional Affiliations Leadership Computer Skills Achievements Special Interests Availability Interests References Available Upon • Objective Engineering Projects Co-Curricular Activities Honors and Awards Professional Development Language Skills International Experience Special Skills Certification/Licenses Additional Experience Request.
Leveraging Brand names on your resume The power of recognized names on your resume. Education – Advisor’s name Experience – Name of company and/or Supervisors/Colleagues
A separate page for Publications, Patents & Presentations (if you have them) References
Publications & Presentations Example • S. Solin , D. R. Hines , A. C. H. Rowe , J. S. Tsai , Y. A. Pashkin , S. J. Chung , N. Goel and M. B. Santos "Nonmagnetic semiconductors as read-head sensors for ultra-high-density magnetic recording", Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 80, no. 21, pp.4012 -4014 2002
References • Add a separate page formatted in the same manner as your resume with 3 references EXAMPLE: • Format – – – – – – Name Title Company/organization Phone Email Rationale/Relationship Dr. Liesl Folks, MBA Research Staff Member Hitachi Global Storage Technologies 888-123-4567 Liesl.firstname.lastname@example.org *Supervisor during internship
Resume Content: Soft Skills Employers look for candidates who have: – – – – – – – Good communication skills Good interpersonal skills A strong work ethic Are team players Are flexible Are detail-oriented Are motivated. • Demonstrate these skills through your work experience and project descriptions. • Ask your references to comment specifically on your soft skills
Quiz How many pages should your resume be?
The Resume: Final Touches Overall appearance: – Does your resume make you want to read it at a glance? • Ensure white space on page – 15 second rule – Modern font type (e.g. Sans Serif) – Font size 8-12 point – NO ERRORS! Do KEY points stand out at a glance? – Typically one page, no more than 2 pages! – if two pages put most important information on first page – use category headings to point to your strengths! Use impact, accomplishment statements! – Impact statements with action words, do not use complete sentences Is it getting you the interview?
The Resume & Applying Online Special Considerations • You will need a traditional Paper Version, and you may need a simple text Electronic Version – Keywords* – Keep fonts, margins and enhancements simple. – Use a clear file name (ex. Your_name_resume.doc) • Emailing your resume – Email your resume to a specific person (Never mass email your resume.) – Use formal, professional language (do not be casual in your emails! )
Yi (Mark) Wang email@example.com * 716-645-2231 * www.buffalo.edu/mysite EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, May 2014 University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Overall GPA 3.2/4.0 IE GPA 3.4/4.0 HONORS Engineering Dean’s List Name of Scholarship awarded for high academic achievement RELEVANT COURSEWORK Engineering Economy, Operations Research, Ergonomics, Production Systems, Statistics ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE Research Intern, Praxair Inc., Tonawanda, NY, Summer, 2012 * Evaluated an advanced Nickel Aluminide intermetallic material for possible structural applications. * Initiated the use of CAD software (Autosketch) for general test specimen development and the design of specific project components. * Due to productivity performance, asked to continue interning throughout fall semester.
Corey S. Engineer Page 2 COMPUTER SKILLS Working knowledge of UNIX, Windows 3.1/95/NT, Maple, Matlab, C++ HTML, MS Word, Excel Power Point, Access LEADERSHIP President, Engineering Student Association, 2012-13 Team Leader, UB Soccer Team, 2011-12 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Member LANGUAGE SKILLS Fluent in spoken and written Spanish. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Wegmans Food Market, Buffalo, NY Associate, July 2011 – present * Provided high quality customer service in a fast paced environment. * Introduced more efficient system for stocking shelves saving time and money. * Maintained an orderly and clean work environment. The Gap, Rochester, NY Salesperson, Summers 2008– 2010 * Served customers providing timely and courteous service. * Trained new employees and supervised staff of six in manager’s absence. * Won Salesperson of the Month, August 2009 March 2014
UB Career Services • Contact us: – 259 Capen Hall 8:30am – 5:00pm M-F – Call 716-645-2231 to schedule an appointment – Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – Express Career Consult – • 12:00-4:00pm M-F • www.ub-careers.buffalo.edu
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