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Title: Engineering Resume Workshop


1
EngineeringResume Workshop
  • - AIAA - Microcosm -
  • April 16, 2005

2
Why are you in College?
No matter why you came, now you need a job So
put in the time to get it.
3
Why are you in College?
  • 1 hour a day (at least)
  • Be on time responsible
  • Spend what is necessary
  • Interview documents
  • cell phone
  • new shirt tie

4
Agenda
  • Purpose of your Resume
  • Anatomy
  • Substance
  • What to include and why
  • Writing (Putting it into words)
  • Interviewing
  • What recruiters are looking for

5
Purpose
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Purpose
  • You are a product you are selling to a company
  • Your Resume is your marketing tool
  • a single page product description
  • With a MS, two pages can be appropriate

7
Purpose
  • Two Questions
  • What does your employer want?
  • Industry expectations from a graduating engineer
  • How do you communicate your qualities to your
    employer?

8
Purpose
  • Your resume is not built to impress an employer
  • Your resume is built to communicate your
    experience.

9
Anatomy
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Anatomy
  • Personal Info
  • Objective / Qualifications (optional)
  • Education
  • Relative Experience
  • Other Experience

11
Personal Info
  • Make a custom email address
  • bryan.gardner_at_byu.edu
  • instead of
  • bjg3_at_email.byu.edu
  • Not
  • genius_at_byu.edu

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Process Organization
  • Computer Memory is Cheap!!!
  • Create a folder for each company
  • Save the Resume you send to each company, and
    attach that same resume when corresponding with
    them
  • Customize a Cover Letter for Each Company
    (John_Raytheon_Cov)
  • Keep a Journal of contacts, emails, interviews,
    etc, with dates, for each company
    (Word Doc NatInst_Contacts)

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Substance
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Substance
  • Your resume is not built on paper
  • Your resume is built on experience.

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Substance
  • Student Fallacies - Industry Realities
  • What Recruiters are Looking For
  • The Value of Your Experience

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Student Fallacies - Industry Realities
  • Highest GPA Wins
  • You have to be totally self sufficient
  • 3.9 is a yellow flag
  • 3.7 -.5 is perfect
  • lt 3.0 is concerning
  • They want you to know when and how to find help

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Student Fallacies - Industry Realities
  • Internships are better than Clubs
  • Real Engineering involves complex calculations
    and modeling
  • Experience is experience
  • It shows what you have done
  • About 5 of your first year will use equations
    you learned in college

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Student Fallacies - Industry Realities
  • Employers scrutinize recruits, and want only the
    brightest and smartest
  • Companies have set and rigid recruiting schedules
  • We want somebody who we can reliably work with on
    any project
  • Hiring is just another thing that needs to get
    done

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Student Fallacies - Industry Realities
  • Submitting your resume on the internet is useless
  • Some of the largest companies only hire
    undergrads from internet submissions.

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Substance
  • What Kind of Experience
  • Internships
  • Univ. Projects
  • Research Assistant
  • Senior Design Project
  • Non-Eng. Soft Experience
  • Honors, awards, memberships, etc.

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Substance
  • The value of mundane experience - Brian Hyatt

22
Substance
  • The value of University Projects - Derek Wright

23
Substance
  • The value of non-engineering experience
  • (Fitting this into two bullets would be better)

24
Writing(putting it into words)
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Writing
  • You have built the substance (experience) of
    your resume
  • now you need to present it.

26
Writing
  • Each resume is highly individualized. We use a
    standard format, but there is no standard recipe.
  • You may use different resumes for different
    companies.

27
Writing
  • Putting Words onto Paper
  • Organizing as a Resume
  • Layout
  • Finished Phrasing

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Writing
  • Putting Words onto Paper
  • Start with a list
  • Company Name
  • Dates
  • Positions
  • Projects
  • Skills

29
Writing
  • Putting Words onto Paper
  • Stream of Thought Writing
  • Dont worry about punctuation, grammar,
    organization, flow, redundancywhatever
  • Use Technical Terminology
  • Use Layman Terminology

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Writing
  • Putting Words onto Paper
  • Ramble about The Project
  • Everybody and Everything
  • What was the project
  • Why this project (Objective / Purpose)
  • How the project was done

31
Writing
  • Ramble about The Project
  • Mercedes CLK GTR Design Project Part of a
    three-person team that modeled a complete to
    scale Mercedes CLK-GTR using CATIA and created a
    cad-centric tool-kit to analyze and optimize
    aerodynamic flow using CFD methods in Hypermesh
    and Fluent and optimization algorithms and
    processes in iSIGHT to iterate and define an
    optimal design within the design space of the
    mathematical model.

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Writing
  • Putting Words onto Paper
  • Ramble about Your Experience
  • Your Personal Role
  • What you did
  • How you did it
  • Why you did it

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Writing
  • Ramble about Your Experience
  • Unity IV Rocket Brigham Young University
    September 2004 - Present
  • Describe Unity IV Project Bi-University Project
    building and modifying 20 rocket, hybrid fuel
    and so on
  • Research efficient/effective fin shape and
    placement
  • Model fins with CATIA and build them out of
    fiberglass
  • Fin Design/Build Team
  • Determine size and shape of fin according to
    center of pressure on the rocket during flight
  • Bulid fins from Fiberglass and installing
    (mating, find a better word) on the rocket
  • Redesign and Modification of an existing rocket
  • Anticipated launch in November
  • Designing an entirely new rocket for payload
    competition in April.

34
Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • Layout starts after putting words onto paper
  • Dont fool yourself into thinking youre done
    when youre not

35
Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • Anatomy Outline
  • Personal Info, Education, Experience, Extra
  • Paste in rambled content
  • Make Space for finished content

36
Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • (Preliminary)
  • Anatomy of each experience
  • Header
  • Company / Position / Project / Dates
  • Project / Position Description
  • Experience Description

37
Writing
  • Make Space!!!

Bad Example!!!
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Writing
  • Make Space
  • Small margins
  • Efficient Layout
  • Good
  • Example!!!

39
Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • (Completed)
  • Anatomy of each experience
  • Header
  • Company / Position / Project / Dates
  • Project Description (1 bullet)
  • Experience Description (1-4 bullets)

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Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • Project Description
  • 1 Bullet
  • Collect terminology and phases from the rambling
    into a single non-redundant run-on sentence
  • Arrange and eliminate segments to create a
    Comprehensive and Concise bullet

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Writing
  • Organization as a Resume
  • Experience Description
  • 1 - 4 Bullets
  • Collect terminology and phases from the rambling
    according to logical groups
  • Engineering, Reporting, Scheduling, etc
  • Arrange and eliminate segments to create
    Comprehensive and Concise bullets

42
Writing
  • Finished Phrasing
  • Polishing and Tailoring

43
Writing
  • Finished Phrasing
  • Tailor content to the company
  • Keep the most valuable content
  • Eliminate less valuable content

44
Writing
  • Finished Phrasing
  • Fonts and Formatting
  • Easy to read, simple font
  • Engineers dont care for flair
  • Easy to navigate, logical formatting
  • Dont stress over looks
  • Content is far more important than proper
    balance of white and black space

45
Writing
  • Details in mundane experience - Brian Hyatt

46
Writing
  • How to put your experience into words Joey
    Prince

47
Writing
  • See web site for more examples
  • www.bryangardner.com

48
Resume
  • Things to avoid
  • High School honors (unless youre very new and
    looking for an internship)
  • Questions

49
Resume
  • Things to include (if convenient)
  • Worked to pay your own way through college
  • Questions?

50
Interviewing
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What Recruiters are Looking For
  • Traits
  • Reliable / Predictable
  • Smart Enough (Not Genius)
  • Engineering Minded
  • Approachable / Personable
  • Observant (See what needs to be done)
  • Intrinsic Interest in Success

52
What Recruiters are Looking For
  • Initial Projects
  • Probably not glamorous
  • Enduring Motivation
  • Not what youre passionate about
  • Intrinsic desire and discipline
  • Self Sufficiency
  • Reliability
  • Know how and when to get help

53
Interviewing
  • Your experience shows what youve done...
  • You need to show what you can do.

54
Interviewing
  • Bring your Portfolio
  • You will probably interview with people who have
    only glanced over your resume
  • Illustrate your resume for them.
  • Bring out the details not written.

55
Interviewing
  • Become Conversant in your Experience
  • Talk with your friends
  • Talk with those you network with
  • Talk with yourself
  • Go for a drive
  • Lock up a room
  • Write in stream of conscious

56
Interviewing
  • Show technical diagrams or calculations, even if
    they look elementary and simple (youre not a
    PhD yet)
  • Show Pictures
  • Speak Technically, without unnecessary details

57
Interviewing
  • With each example you introduce, answer these
    questions indirectly
  • What was interesting about the project
  • How did you apply your Engineering Mind (Design,
    Foresee and Solve Problems, Analysis, Modeling,
    etc)
  • Give credit to others for the responsibilities
    they carried (briefly, where relevant)

58
Interviewing
  • Illustrate your traits abilities with examples
    (not with adjectives)
  • Q What is your strongest trait as an Engineer?
  • A When I was working on the Asphalt Zipper, I
    did a good job working with a guy on our team for
    the structural analysis of our frame. We modeled
    the forces from

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Interviewing
  • Follow-up
  • The prompt Thank You is important
  • That evening, or the next day
  • Reference 1 or 2 skills you have that can be used
    where you interviewed
  • Always attach your resume!!!

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Interviewing
  • Bryan,
  • I would like to thank you for the opportunity to
    interview with you on Friday. It was a pleasure
    to speak with you and find out more about how my
    skills could fit in with the projects that your
    team is working on. I really enjoyed the tour and
    the opportunity to see what your team was
    involved with.
  • My work experience, along with knowledge of
    LabView and other software languages and design
    tools, has made me very enthusiastic about the
    possibility of becoming a Systems Engineer at
    Northrop. If I can answer any questions, please
    call me at 707-555-5555.
  • Thank you again. Attached is a copy of my resume.
  • -Matthew

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Networking
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Networking
  • Who are your contacts?
  • How do you approach them?
  • What can they do for you?

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Networking
  • Who
  • Friends
  • Friends Parents
  • Friends Brothers or Sisters
  • Contacts from anywhere

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Networking
  • What they can do
  • Share Industry Experience
  • This makes you more conversant, and builds their
    confidence in you
  • Relate their experience to yours
  • Referrals
  • Most people arent in a position to get you a
    job, but they can send you to those who are

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EngineeringResume Workshop
  • - AIAA - Microcosm -
  • April 16, 2005
  • www.bryangardner.com
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