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1 Resumes & Letters Engineering Career Services University of Wisconsin-MadisonJohn Archambault, Susan Piacenza,Kathy Prem, Lisa Beneker
2 Why do you need a resume? To obtain an interview Will need to: It’s an advertisement for youAttach to MyECS profile using MyWeb Spacedirectly to employersGrab a recruiter’s attention at first glanceHand out at career fairsMust be honest and factualSubmit on website – for direct hireShows you in your best lightNeed a formatted version and a “scannable” version
3 Why do you need a resume? To prepare for the interview A well-developed resume helps you to focus on your 3-5 themes of interests and qualification strengthsTo emphasize and guide the interviewWhat projects/experiences do you want to emphasizeMost responses will be 2 – 3 minute responsesBe prepared to talk about any item on your resume for minutes, if asked
4 What should you include? Name & contact InformationObjective statementEducationExperienceProjectsSkills / Awards / Interests / Activities / PublicationsAnything else you think is important…High school information ok to use as a freshman or sophomore
5 Where Will Employers Contact you? Quickest and most direct contactPhoneProfessionalize your incoming messageDon’t answer unknown # if you don’t have the time to talk or are in a loud situationReply to messagesBoth a campus and permanent address, particularly for co-op and intern students
6 Objective StatementWrite 2 – 3 phrases outlining the type of position you are seeking and your special interest areasCo-op, intern or professionalEngineering majorSpecial interest areas could be particular industries or functional areasDo not use words like “challenging position”Focus on what you can do for the employer; not what the employer can do for you
7 Objective Statement Samples Bad example:A fulfilling position in mechanical engineering where I can expand my communication and leadership skills.Straightforward, useful information:A geological engineering co-op position in water resources management or remediation for a maximum of three work terms.
8 Education Section Degree level, major and date degree is expected University attendedGPA – Can be overall, major, last 4 semestersOther PossibilitiesCoursework – filler category – limit listAcademic projectsAreas of emphasisHonors, Scholarships
9 Education example University of Wisconsin-Madison B.S. Engineering Mechanics, expected May 2010Engineering GPA 3.2/4.0, Cumulative GPA 2.8/4.0Academic Design ProjectsMars Wind Machine: Completed stress and displacement analysis of Giromill airfoils. Determined most effective internal airfoil construction and material.High Voltage Power Line Hybrid Crossarm: Developed an efficient design process. Completed stress/strain analysis for worst case scenario; appropriate materials selection/dimension analysis.Selected Course WorkAdvanced Strength of Materials, Finite Elements, Material Fatigue, Aerodynamics
10 Experience Section Potential section titles Engineering ExperienceAdditional Work ExperienceIndustrial ExperienceResearch ExperienceFormat this section the same as you formatted the Education sectionFor descriptions, use phrases, not sentencesUse key words and action verbs (pages of ECS Job Search Guide)
11 Experience Section Quantify terms, if possible Managed the operation of a municipal pool service over 1000 customers each day. Supervised a staff of 7 lifeguards. Required strong organizational skills. Saved $3000 for college expenses.List duties and accomplishmentsDeveloped low-stress, clear and textured optical quality polycarbonate film products used in display and data storage applications on state-of-the-art extrusion lines using Six Sigma tools.Team leader in commercialization of product with projected revenue of $4.8 million in 2002.Key team member in commercialization of product with projected revenue of $8 million in 2002.
12 No Experience? Everyone has experience Academic projects Also appropriate in education or own sectionVolunteer experienceAlso appropriate in additional informationAny work experience
13 Not just engineering experience All jobs are importantIndicate strong work ethicExamples of development of leadership and communication skillsShows use of time management, meeting deadlines, working with others, taking responsibilityMay also balance a GPA below 3.0Worked 20 hours/week while full-time studentPaid 80% of college expenses through part-time workSilverspring Golf Course, Middlebury, ILCaddie, SummersDeveloped strong interpersonal skills in working with variety of customers and management.Enhanced already strong work ethic by working 12 hours/day for 3 months each summer. Saved $3,300 over 4 summers.Promoted to caddy master in 2007.Trained and supervised eight new hires.
14 What skills do you have? Computer skills Language skills Be inclusive: languages, platforms, programsLanguage skillsConvey the level of proficiencyProficientFluentFamiliar with
15 What else should you include? ActivitiesEngineering or community organizationsVolunteer experienceAwards, scholarships, honorsWhat else are you interested in/spend time on?UW Marching Band, intramural sports teams, restoring old cars, and Eagle Scout
16 Is the format important? Resumes are looked at VERY quickly½ content, ½ appearanceIn general, one page for BS students, often 2 pages for MS studentsWhite space is necessary between sectionsQuality printing on white or light paper so it’s easy to readUse bullets, bolding, etc.But not too much!
17 Is your resume ready? Proofread Have a friend/roommate proofread ECS 24/48 hr drop-off reviewAppointment after Career Connection
19 Cover Letter is Required The cover letterIntroduces resumeDemonstrates writing skillsShows match with employerChange for each employerThree paragraphsIntroduction - what do you want (internship, etc.)Body - why they should hire you (what makes you a good match)Closing - how you are going to follow-up with themPROOFREAD
20 How to send E-mail Mail Convenient/fast for employers and you One screen – no scrollingBusiness format1-2 paragraphsScannable resume in body; formatted resume attachedMailSame paper/format as resumeOne pageSigned
21 Questions? Additional information in ECS Student Handbook Books/Samples available in ECS Office
22 Career Fair ResumeFor the Career Connection only, include at the bottom of each resume:Candidate Type(co-op/intern/professional)Student IDWork Authorization (US citizen/Permanent Resident/Visa Holder)Intern F1 Visa