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Building a Winning Resume and Acing the Interview


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Title: Building a Winning Resume and Acing the Interview

Building a Winning Resume and Acing the Interview
  • Anthony Fasano, P.E.
  • Executive Director
  • The New York State Society of
  • Professional Engineers, Inc.

  • Winning Resume
  • Resume Customization
  • A Formula for a Winning Resume
  • Resume Length/Experience Challenges
  • Understanding/Researching the Prospective
  • The Interview
  • The Follow Up

What is a Winning Resume?
  • Helps you land the job or more specifically a job

The One Key Factor You MUST Know About How Your
Resume Will be Read
  • Visual presentation
  • Neat, easy to read, contains some key points

Importance of Customizing Your Resume
  • Executives look at resumes that match up to their
    companys needs
  • Mention the companys name
  • Use the same words from the job description

The Formula to Building a Winning Resume
  1. Include your contact information in the header
  2. Justify the text
  3. Ensure layout is consistent
  4. Place your most relevant work experience at the
    top of your resume
  5. Use numbers where applicable
  6. Bold important items that you want to stand out
  7. Lose the objective or make it count!

Sample Resume
Sample Resume
Sample Resume
Proper Length of a Resume and How to Make Yours
  • For engineering students no longer than 1 page
  • First 5 to 10 years of your career 2 to 3 pages
  • For over 10 years of working experience 5 to 10

Tips for Keeping Resume at a Reasonable Length
  • Contact information in header
  • Remove the objective
  • You do not have to put references available upon
  • List only the projects/experience relevant to the
    position you are applying for
  • Decrease margin size slightly
  • Have a colleague proofread it

How to Effectively Provide Non-Engineering
  • Make two different sections
  • Engineering or Related Experience
  • Non-Engineering Experience or Non-Related
  • Write job descriptions for unrelated experience,
    showing how the skills learned will help the
    prospective employer

Importance of Honesty
  • Always be truthful on your resume
  • There are times that it is okay to leave
    something off a resume especially when it will
    look really bad to prospective employers
  • Update and validate your LinkedIn profile

Whoever is careless with the truth in small
matters cannot be trusted with important
matters. - Albert Einstein
The Interview
Understanding the Prospective Employer and Their
  • (Do You REALLY Fit the Bill?)
  • Review the job description in detail again.
  • Do a thorough check of your LinkedIn network for
    people who
  • Work for the company contact them if they know
    anything about the position or department you
    would be working in
  • Hold similar positions to the ones you are going
    to interview for ask them what challenges they
    face in that position
  • Prepare a plan to describe the steps or
    strategies you would implement to improve the

Interview Research and Preparation
  • Thoroughly review the companys website
  • Search for the person who will interview you or
    who you will be working under on LinkedIn
  • Identify average industry salary for the position
    (/-10,000) and play dumb
  • Emphasize your strengths and how you feel they
    would still give you (and them) an advantage
    regardless of the location
  • Try to explain the reason you left from past
    positions in a way that makes them feel
    comfortable to hire you

Interview Etiquette and Attire
  • (No, Jeans Work boots Are NOT Acceptable!)
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of
    interview in advance
  • Wear a suit, no questions asked
  • Turn off your cellphone
  • Show up at least 15 minutes early
  • Pay a compliment to the interviewers
  • Do not cut people off during the interview
  • Dont ask for a drink, but dont refuse if offered

The Interview
  • Brief Introduction
  • Ask a question What need is the company looking
    to satisfy by filling this position?
  • Present yourself, your skills and your experience
    as the perfect choice to fulfill the need
  • Answer any questions, concerns or objections they
    may have
  • Ask them when they plan on making a decision

Closing Thoughts
  • A winning resume is one that helps you to land a
    job interview, nothing more, nothing less.
  • Hiring managers will typically scan your resume
    for 10 seconds and decide whether or not to do a
    more detailed review, so be sure your resume can
    gage their interest quickly.
  • Your resume should be customized for every job
    you apply for.

Closing Thoughts
  • Be honest throughout the job search process.
  • You must build a strong presence and network on
    LinkedIn, and also leverage LinkedIn groups to
    find new opportunities.
  • Do your research on a company prior to an
    interview and be prepared to discuss some aspects
    of their company/website.

Closing Thoughts
  • Show up on time for your interview, dress
    appropriately, and turn your cell phone OFF.
  • Be sure to ask a question about the specific
    duties of the job early on in the interview, so
    that you can present yourself as a perfect match.
  • Ensure that you take your FE exam as soon as
    possible and seek to obtain engineering
    experience that will qualify towards the NY PE

NYSSPE Student Resources
NYSSPE Student Resources
NYSSPE Student Resources
  • The New York State Society of
  • Professional Engineers, Inc.
  • 6 Airline Drive
  • Albany, NY 12205
  • (518) 283-7490
  • Anthony Fasano, P.E.
  • (518) 620-6770

The New York State Society of
Professional Engineers, Inc.