Demerdar wrote: »
Hey I'm a Mechanical Engineer graduating in May looking to get into graduate school and hopefully obtaining a research position so I can go for free.
So, critique my resume if you would!
Lux782 wrote: »
My advice would be to remove education listing from the top and put work / research experience up top. You have some really awesome things going on there and that is much more interesting then some school. (Also I applied for a Software Engineering job on the DCT but didn't get it, I was very sad). Next I would reorganize your education to be smaller. Something like... (I used tables in my resume which made for some excellent formatting. )
School Name, Location, Years
Relevant Course work should be the last piece of information. Awards should be listed second, Additional Experience either 3rd or 4th depending on your thoughts. Your objective is rather simple and I would suggest either removing it or adding to it. No more then 2 lines in length.
I think the rest is personal preference (layout and such).
Hope that helps.
I read Knock 'em Dead Resumes (awesome book, they also have a great one on over letters), have gotten a lot of input from others, and ultimately came away with a good idea of how to write a resume. I've even gotten compliments from people who see it. I've gone ahead and edited the resumes to be pretty anonymous so that I can post them here.
(some entries aren't aligned anymore, what with the anonymizing I did)
The first one is my go to layout and, depending on the job, I tailor what information I give and in what order it is given. The second one was made especially for a very specific job with very very specific requirements across a wide spectrum. I prefer the header on the second one much more. I wound up with about 8 different versions of resume 1 with different personal statements and what not.
Notice the specific detail in job descriptions, that it fills the white space without seeming too full (the second one is border line, but they really needed a ton of info), the lack of "references available upon request" (but always have a separate reference sheet with you), the lack of a mission statement (instead we have a personal statement), the lack of dates on the second layout (not only are dates not important for that to a degree, but it would also work against me given a lot of this was done while in school, thus making me seem young before you meet me [which I am, but I wanted to avoid that]) and since it bears repeating, detail.
I'm 23, never had a full time job, and recently graduated from college with a degree in Theatre (ensue the HR lulz). It's all about choosing the right words, fluffing but not lying, and recognizing the skills that you have and presenting them in the best way possible. You do have skills, and defining them is really something you can do better than us. What I love about my first layout is how I've worked in a skills section that allows me to go into with just enough depth to what my experience is outside of Job X.