Great engineering resumes: Part 3 - For the Recent or About To Be College Grad
“Great,” you might be thinking, “I don’t have any work experience and now you’ve shot my confidence down by telling me I’ll never get a job otherwise.” Close, but not quite. If you don’t have much or any work experience, a good tactic is to present your coursework in more detail as if it were a job. For example instead of simply listing out the titles of your courses, pick two or three relevant ones and explain the detailed things you learned or got to play with in labs.
Maybe you tuned an oscilloscope, wrote a compiler for a made up programming language, or used CAD software to design a new and improved suspension bridge. You can spin these kinds of things in a way that demonstrate your capabilities and help answer those two questions that the reader of your resume will ask. Again, keep in mind the kind of job you are applying for and if you need to go this route, pick classes whose topics most pertain to the work you’d be doing if you got hired. Don't just list things, be descriptive about your accomplishments and how they measured up against expectations.
- Part 1 - Introduction
- Part 2 - For Anybody
- Part 3 - For the Recent or About To Be College Grad
- Part 4 - For the Early Career
- Part 5 - For the Established Career
- Part 6 - Final Thoughts