A prospective employer may spend anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes evaluating your curriculum vitae, or CV, which you may also know as a resume, when deciding whether to interview you. Make their job easy by succinctly explaining what qualifies you for the position, why you are right for the job and what the company will get by hiring you. Regardless of your years of experience, make sure your resume fits on one page.
Use the education section of your resume to identify the years you went to college, the degree or degrees you’ve earned and where you earned them. You may want to include your GPA, especially if a prospective employer asks for the information or if you earned higher than a 3.5. The education section of your CV should also reference your engineering-related extracurricular activities. For example, you'd list here your involvement with organizations like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
A prospective employer will use the information you provide in the experience section of your resume to determine how likely you are to succeed. Include your job title, the name of company you worked for and your months or years of service. Also list your accomplishments or responsibilities for each employer. For example, you'd want to note your involvement developing, designing or redesigning mechanical equipment and also how you helped resolve problems and product flaws. You should also note any prototypes or products you developed and experiments and analyses you conducted, such as performing stress analyses on structures or devices.
Awards And Honors
Including relevant awards and honors you received during college or from a previous employer can help give a prospective employer more insight into you as a person and as an employee. Highlight information that focuses on your achievements as a mechanical engineer. For example, include information about your participation in engineering or robotics competitions, such as through ASME, especially if you won or were otherwise recognized. (Reference 5) You'd also include information here about any awards for academic excellence or for outstanding ingenuity and creativity, such as those offered to mechanical engineering students at MIT, you received.
Your CV should include your name and contact information, including your address, telephone number and e-mail address. Your CV should also include a summary or objective statement. You may want to use this objective statement to summarize the type of position you want and why you believe you’re qualified for it. You may want to include a list of your professional affiliations, any relevant certifications you hold, any specialized training you've received and your experience with software, like AUTOCAD or ANSYS, or standard word-processing and spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Word and Excel. Include any patents you have, pending or otherwise, as well.
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- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers: ASME/FIRST Robotics Competition
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Mechanical Engineering Awards
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